Economy, Domestic Economy

Iran to Send Skilled Workers to Oman

Iran to Send Skilled Workers to OmanIran to Send Skilled Workers to Oman

Iran will send skilled workers in tourism, mining, fishing and transportation sectors to Oman, based on an agreement reached between Iran’s Minister of Cooperatives, Labor and Social Welfare Ali Rabiei and his Omani counterpart Abdullah bin Nasser bin Abdullah Al Bakri on Thursday. The two ministers met on the sidelines of the 16th Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting of the International Labor Organization in Bali, Indonesia. According to Mohammad Akbarnia, an official with the Cooperatives Ministry, the agreement with Oman comes as the number of people looking for jobs in Iran has risen by 20% over the seven months of the current Iranian year (started March 20). “Around 350,000 job-seekers were registered at employment offices of the ministry during the period, out of which 110,000 were women and 240,000 men,” Akbarnia said. In its latest report, the Statistical Center of Iran put Iran’s unemployment rate in summer at 12.7%, which  registered a 1.8% increase compared with last summer and a 0.5% rise compared with the previous quarter (March 20-June 20, 2016). The new data show 3.33 million Iranians were unemployed in the second quarter. It also shows 10.4% of men and 21.8% of women of ages 10 and above were jobless during the period. Youth unemployment rate, i.e. the proportion of the population between the ages of 15 and 29, stood at 26.7% in summer, registering a 3.3% rise compared with the same period of last year and a 1.8% increase over last quarter.

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