The Iranian Labor Ministry released figures on the pattern of unemployment and occupation over the past five years. The Labor Ministry confirmed that 521,000 women had departed the job market over the five period from 2009 to 2013.
The latest figures released by the Labor Ministry also confirm that the number of employed women in Iran has had a 14.2 per cent reduction in these five years.
There were some 3.7 million employed women in Iran in 2009, but in 2013 their numbers dropped to 3.145 million. In other words, some 100,000 women have been excluded from the job market every year.
According to these official figures, women’s unemployment rate increased from 16.8 per cent in 2009 to 19.8 per cent in 2013 which is 3 per cent increase in women’s unemployment in five years. This while men’s unemployment in the same period decreased from 10.8 to 8.6 per cent.