Planning: the unemployment rate in Iraq is 13.8%
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The Ministry of Planning announced, on Thursday, that it will conduct a new survey of unemployment in Iraq, while it indicated that the latest statistics indicate that the unemployment rate is 13.8%.
Ministry spokesman Abdul-Zahra Al-Hindawi said in a press interview, "It is hoped that a new survey of unemployment in Iraq will be conducted during the coming period," noting that "the ministry is still dependent on previous indicators in Iraq, which indicate the unemployment rate is 13.8%."
He added, "The latest statistics indicate that the capital, Baghdad, had an unemployment rate of 9.3%," noting that "Al-Anbar Governorate recorded the highest unemployment rate at 32.4%, followed by Dohuk Governorate by 26.4% and then Maysan Governorate by 20.4%, while it is less Unemployment rate in Iraq is in Kirkuk governorate at 6.3%, followed by Karbala governorate with 6.7%, followed by Basra governorate with 7.6%.
He explained that "the unemployment rate in the governorates of Kurdistan reached 17.4%, in the northern governorates, 17.1%, in the central governorates, 9.7%, and in the southern governorates, 14%," pointing out that the unemployment rate in the countryside amounted to 14% and in urban areas it reached 13.2%.
He pointed out that "there is no clear relationship between poverty and unemployment in Iraq because poverty is multidimensional and includes housing, income, education and health, and a person may be unemployed, but he has housing, education and health services."
He stressed that "the relationship between unemployment and poverty is limited only to what is related to income in one way or another, as the unemployed will have difficulty obtaining money in the face of life."