January 24, 2009

DOUBLING DOWN:

Iran Ranks Students, Housewives As Employed (Javno, January 24, 2009)

Counting students and housewives among the ranks of the employed has helped lower Iran's jobless rate, an official at the statistics office said in remarks published on Saturday.

The government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who is widely expected to stand for re-election in June, recently said the country's unemployment rate had fallen below 10 percent. [...]

An Iranian development economist this month said the unofficial unemployment rate was considerably higher than the official figure of around 10 percent.

Including also those who were under-employed, the rate was around 20-25 percent, the economist told Reuters, declining to be named.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at January 24, 2009 9:18 AM
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