A member of parliament representing the northwestern cities of Haris and Ahar said that seven people committed suicide last year because of unemployment.
The men were residents of a village in Haris, West Azarbaijan Province.
“There is a village in our city called Afil with 1,500 residents. In the past year, seven people committed suicide. Most of the issues that led to the suicides were lack of jobs in the villages and low incomes,” Beitollah Abdollahi said yesterday during a Majils session.
“I urge the government to pay attention to the issue of villagers’ jobs and income because they were previously in construction but due to the recession, they have become unemployed,” Abdollahi added.
Unemployment is a major problem in Iran as factories and business close down due to the economic crisis.
In a report on May 14, the state-run Emtiaz Daily said that “3,900,000 people born in the ’80s were unemployed”.
“According to the Ministry of Cooperatives, Labor and Social Welfare Center of Statistics, of the 8.16 million people born in the ’80s, about 4.7 million people are employed while 3.9 million are unemployed,” the newspaper wrote.
It is noteworthy that millennials, who are around 37 years old at most have families and have to be able to provide for them. If we consider that each household has around 4 persons, it could be estimated that 16 million people who have millennials as their sole breadwinners are deprived of normal life and live in poverty.
According to the IRGC affiliated Tasnim News Agency, a total of six million people are unemployed in Iran.