Iran’s unemployment rate, the proportion of jobless population of ages 15 and above, stood at 9.6% in the second quarter of the current Iranian year (June 22-Sept. 22), indicating a 0.1% decline compared with the same period of last year.
According to a new report by the Statistical Center of Iran, a total of 2,496,086 Iranians were unemployed in Q2. Men’s unemployment stood at 8.1% while the rate for women hovered around 17.7%.
Over 1.74 million men and 751,239 women of ages 15 and above were jobless in Q2.
The unemployment rate was 10.7% for urban areas (2.08 million people) and 6.5% for rural areas (411,930 people).
SCI put Q2 labor force participation rate — the proportion of the population of ages 15 and above that is economically active either employed or looking for a job — at 41.1% or 25.9 million people, registering a 0.7% decrease year-on-year.
Men’s and women’s economic participation rates were 68.8% and 13.5% respectively in the same period.
A total of 21.66 million men and 4.24 million women of ages 15 and above were economically active in Q2, i.e., they were either employed or looking for a job.
The center provides two figures for the youth unemployment rate: the proportion of the population between 15 and 24 years and those between 18 and 35 years.
The youth unemployment rate of those between 15 and 24 years stood at 25.7% in Q2, posting a 2.6% increase while the unemployment rate of those between 18 and 35 years stood at 17.6%, posting a growth of 0.7% YOY.