Unemployment amongst women has reached 43.4%, its highest rate in the past 8 years. This number is twice that of unemployed men that had increased to 22.4% in the spring of this year. The highest rate of job-seeking women in Iran is among those under the age of 30.
According to these numbers, a significant number of women looking for work have higher education and therefore have a more serious view of taking part in the job market. Many government officials believe that due to the high rate of unemployment amongst men, women should automatically be given second priority when applying for a job.
(State-run Mehr news agency – September 24, 2014)