Cabinet aiming for +700,000 new jobs this year: Iran’s President

Tasnim – Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said his administration has formulated plans to create jobs for more than 700,000 young people in the current Iranian year, which began two weeks ago.

In a Monday meeting with a group of officials and government staff, President Rouhani said the job creation target will come true by carrying out national production plans.

“Employment is one of the most important economic, social and security-making issues of the country,” he added.

As regards the upcoming presidential election, slated for May 19, Rouhani said what matters the most will be the maximum turnout and encouraging all eligible voters to cast their ballot.

Last week, President Rouhani described creation of new jobs for the country’s youth as the main priority of his administration.

He said he had told Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei immediately after taking the office following the 2013 presidential election that the major problem the administration had to deal with was job creation for the youth, which is more important than nuclear negotiations or foreign policy issues.

Ayatollah Khamenei named the new Iranian calendar year, which began on March 21, as the “Year of Economy of Resistance: Production and Employment”.

Also in a speech in Iran’s northeastern holy city of Mashhad on the first day of spring, Imam Khamenei highlighted the need to stimulate domestic production and combat unemployment, and enumerated the factors that contribute to stronger national production.