Youth unemployment reaches crisis point in Iran, statistics chief admits

NCRI – Youth unemployment in Iran is more than double the national level and now reaching ‘crisis point’, the head of the regime’s Statistics Centre has admitted.

The unemployment rate for those aged between 15 and 24 is now at almost 26 per cent, compared to 12.2 per cent across the whole population, Adel Azar said.

He confessed: “When the youth unemployment rate is twice the country’s total rate of unemployment, it means we have reached an unemployment crisis point. “Based on reports, the highest rate of youth unemployment is 50 percent in the province of Lorestan.”

According to the state-run Mehr news agency, the status of women’s unemployment is also becoming critical, and has soared to up to 50 per cent in some cities.

Although Tehran is the country’s administrative and industrial center, women in the province still do not get enough opportunities to enter the labor market. The average official unemployment rate for women in Tehran is 21.6 percent, though the true figure is believed to be much higher.

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