EghtesadOnline: The services sector employed 48.1% of the Iranian employed population (11.32 million) in the second quarter of the current fiscal year (June 21-Sept. 21), which is 1% less than those employed in the corresponding period of last year.
According to the Statistical Center of Iran, the industrial and agricultural sectors provided 33.4% and 18.5% of jobs during the period respectively.
Over 7.86 million were employed in the industrial sector in summer, indicating an increase of 1.4% compared with the year before and 4.34 million worked in agriculture, posting a 0.5% year-on-year decline.
The services sector consists of wholesale and retail trade; restaurants and hotels; transport, storage and communications; financing, insurance, real estate and business services; as well as community, social, education, health and personal services.
The services sector employed 9.31 million men and 2 million women in Q2; over 6.97 million men and 891,528 women were working in the industrial sector and 3.57 million men and 769,617 women worked in the agriculture sector.
The services sector accounted for 57.5% or 9.99 million of all jobs in urban areas and 21.7% or 1.33 million of jobs in rural areas. The industrial sector made up 35.4% or 6.14 million of the jobs in urban areas and comprised 27.9% or 1.71 million of employment in rural areas. This is while 7.1% or 1.24 million of the total jobs in urban areas and 50.4% or 3.1 million of the jobs in rural areas were in the agriculture sector.