Iran warned over mounting unemployment

Following years of unemployment after graduation, Hamid, a 26-year old electrical engineer, left his home town of Bobol on the Caspian Sea last year and moved to Tehran in search of better prospects. But six months later, he has resigned himself to driving a taxi to make ends meet.

“It is four years I have been looking for a job, but I am certain now that I have no chance,” Hamid says. His brother Saeid, 24, an agricultural engineer who joined him in moving to the capital, has also had no luck.


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The brothers, like millions of Iranians, are experiencing a national unemployment crisis that is hitting the young and educated the hardest. The latest official figures released by the Iran Census Centre say urban unemploym…

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