The head of the Statistical Center of Iran said that the rate of the unemployment of university graduates had increased.
“The rate of unemployment among our university graduates has increased. 40% of unemployed people are university graduates,” Omid Ali Parsa said in comments carried by the Revolutionary Guards Affiliated Tasnim news agency.
According to the International Labor Organization (ILO) if a country’s youth unemployment is more than double the general unemployment rate, the country faces a crisis in terms of unemployment. This is happening in Iran.
Together with the massive economic problems and social crisis that has swept across Iran, the high unemployment rate of Iran’s youth has made them wonder about their future. Many lack the motivation needed to get higher university degrees as it offers no prospect for a future in the job market.
Educated people are not the only victims of Iran’s unemployment crisis. Ordinary Iranians also suffer and have fallen prey to the Islamic Republic’s mismanagement and incompetence.
When first taking office, Iran’s President Rouhani claimed that he would fight with unemployment, promising millions of jobs in his first 100 days in office.
Hassan Rouhani’s government has not been able to bring down Iran’s unemployment rate, and many economists believe that the government announced unemployment rates are much lower than the actual numbers.
The annual increase in Iran’s population and the large number of new graduates looking for work makes it difficult for the government to control unemployment.
According to an Iranian economist, the reason behind the government’s failure to curb unemployment is a lack of planning.
Siamak Shojaie said that the rate of Iran’s work force was increasing by 2.5% which meant that if the Islamic Republic created 3 million jobs a year, it could keep the unemployment rate steady.
This is something Iran is unable to do.
According to the economist a healthy economy had to provide five basic needs to be able to create jobs as the next step. This means that Iranians have to have access to food, clothing, hygiene, education and healthcare. This is while 80% of Iranians live under the line of poverty and have trouble providing their first basic need; food.
Iran’s economic crises, including Iran’s weakening currency and the US led sanctions, leaves Iran with a bleak outlook in terms of job creation and lower unemployment rates.