EghtesadOnline: The Statistical Center of Iran has put the Q1 (March 21-June 21) labor force participation rate — the proportion of the population of ages 15 and above that is economically active either employed or looking for a job — at 41.4% or 25.96 million people, registering a 0.4% increase year-on-year.
Men’s and women’s economic participation rates were 69.1% and 13.7% respectively in the same period.
A total of 21.67 million men and 4.29 million women of ages 15 and above were economically active in Q1, i.e., they were either employed or looking for a job.
The total Q1 employment rate was 37.7% (23.67 million), up 0.8% compared with the same quarter of last Iranian year. Employment rates for men and women were 63.9% and 11.5%, respectively, which constituted 20.05 million men and 3.62 million women in Q1.
The employment rate was 36.5% (17.6 million people) in urban areas and 41.6% (6.06 million) in rural areas.
The share of employment of university graduates stood at 25.3% of the total employed population, wherein male and female graduate employment rates were 21.7% and 45.3%, respectively. Graduate employment rates in urban and rural areas stood at 31.2% and 8.2% of the total population of job-holders, respectively.
Employment is defined as persons of working age engaged in any activity to produce goods or provide services for pay or profit, whether at work during the reference period or not at work due to a temporary absence from a job, or to working-time arrangement.