NCRI Staff

NCRI - Acknowledging the impact of unemployment on increasing social harm, Iranian regime's Interior Minister said: despite the unemployment rate of 12 percent in Iran, unemployment in some Iranian cities reaches 60 percent.

Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli said on Sunday, October 1, in an interview with state-run ISNA news agency, that social harm is “more acute” in areas where unemployment is high. He did not mention the cities where the unemployment rate reaches more than 60 percent.

According to government reports, despite the fact that the overall unemployment rate in the country was 12.4% last year, unemployment in Kermanshah province (west of Iran) was 22% and in Chahar Mahal and Bakhtiari province (southwest of Iran) was 20.2%. In Kurdistan province (west of Iran), unemployment is announced to be more than 15 percent.

In this regard, based on the unemployment data of 397 cities in Iran, the state-run Mehr news agency reported in 2013 that the unemployment rate in Bashagard city, in Hormozgan province (southern Iran), was 53 percent the highest unemployment rate in Iran.

According to the government statistics, Javanrood city in Kurdistan province with 47% and Saravan in Sistan and Baluchistan province (southeast of Iran) with 45% were the second and third highest unemployment cities in Iran respectively.

Ali Rabiei, Minister of Cooperatives, Labour and Social Welfare of the Iranian regime, has said the number of unemployed is 3.2 million people, and the Center for Research of the regime’s parliament announced that it is between 6.5 to 7 million people.

Rabiei also recently acknowledged that the Iranian economy does not have the “strength and capacity” to solve this problem.

The Interior Minister also said on Sunday regarding the unemployment situation in Iran that the unemployment rate of educated people is “much higher” than “being announced on average” but did not give a figure on the unemployment of educated people in Iran.

Hassan Taie, deputy minister of cooperatives, labour and social welfare of the regime, had previously announced that the unemployment rate of university graduates was “between 21.5 to 22%".

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