Tampered statistics recently published by official Iranian sources indicate 52% unemployment of female university graduates.
According to the same report, 36% of the unemployed (both male and female) are university graduates and 51% of the graduates are unemployed.
Some 350,000 young women graduated in 2015, of whom 180,000 are economically inactive or unemployed. (The state-run Jam News website – November 29, 2017)
Although the new figure on unemployment of female graduates is tragic but official sources had previously announced that unemployment rate among young women under 30 years of age is 85.9 per cent. (The state-run Mehr news agency, January 5, 2016)
Another state-run source had reported that unemployment rate had a progressive increase among female university graduates rising from 65% in 2005 to 78% in 2013. (The state-run DANA news agency, July 2, 2016)
Considering the economic bankruptcy in Iran and the government’s failure to provide new job opportunities, and in light of flagrant discrimination against women in employment, the new figure could not be deemed accurate or reliable, but an attempt by Rouhani’s government to minimize the critical state of affairs in the country.