Reporting by PMOI/MEK
Iran, November 3, 2019—The International Monetary Fund (IMF) considers unemployment and recession as the source of recent unrests spreading across the Middle East. The unemployment crisis is an issue that is escalating and even skyrocketing in Iran under the mullahs’ regime, as new aspects are revealed with each passing day.
The Iranian economy is on the verge of collapsing, and unemployment among young people is increasing and turning into a crisis. There are several reasons why the unemployment rate has reached its peak.
The first reason is the decrease in wages that is forcing Iranians to leave their jobs since their pay can’t cover the costs of living. The second reason is the escalating number of part-time jobs. And third is the downgrading of investments and purchasing power that have caused Iranian factories to fire workers at large scale.
The state-run Mashreq daily wrote on October 31, “Unemployment among college graduates is twice the number of those who are illiterate. This is an issue that has developed into a crisis for the country.”
This negative phenomenon is constantly growing in Iran, especially since the mullahs ruling this country are plundering the people’s wealth. Millions of school children are deprived of a decent education, let alone college students and those seeking their master’s and PhDs. Even the regime’s own officials, insiders and state-run outlets are acknowledging these major dilemmas.
The former education deputy of Tehran University referred to Iran’s unemployment crisis evolving into political threats. “There are not enough job positions for the number PhD graduates coming out of our universities. Unemployment has even reached this branch of society who have PhDs,” he said in an interview with the ISNA news agency on November 1. Unemployment is at times described as a “tsunami” in Iran.
An expert affiliated to the mullahs’ regime referred to the corrupt mullahs’ regime apparatus that is engulfed with domestic and foreign crises, warning of major developments threatening the Iranian regime. “Unemployment is spreading among office workers. You see closed business and institutions everywhere. The government is doing nothing and not pursing any plan of action. Government officials are just being a witness to the ongoing developments. We should expect this apparatus to come up with a miracle,” said Mehdi Ghazanfari, former minister of industries, mining and trade, in an interview with state TV aired on October 16.
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Ahvaz, southwest #Iran
National Steel Group employees continuing their protests:
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On August 29, ISNA news agency quoted the chief of the “Kar” [meaning labor] parliamentary group saying: “Currently, in Iran, one in every six person works. Nearly 20 million young persons aged between 15 and 29 are unemployed. Unemployment rates among 15- to 29-year-old males and females are 21 and 40 percent [respectively].”
Back in December 2017, speaking during a special TV news program, Gholamreza Tajgardoon said that 3.2 million of the country’s active population as well as 3.95 million of the inactive population are out of work, adding “of the country’s total 25,790,000 active population, 22,588,000 are working while the remaining 3,203,000 are out of work.”
“Among inactive population with higher levels of education, there are 5,425,000 out of work, meaning we have nearly six million unemployed graduates whose economic capacities are being wasted," Tajgardoon said.
As long as the mullahs are in power, we will constantly be witnessing Iran’s wealth wasted on the regime’s crackdown machine inside the country, parallel to its warmongering in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Yemen and beyond. Furthermore, unemployment and other dilemmas that Iran’s youth are dealing with will escalate on a constant basis.