The unemployment rate in Ha Noi was 4.5 per cent last year, and of the figure, young people accounted for a large portion, the city's Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs reported on Tuesday.
The capital city has about 2.7 million young people aged 16-30, accounting for 33 per cent of the city's population, said Nguyen Quoc Khanh, deputy director of the department.
Of the young people, 1.6 million work at industrial parks and export processing zones, and more than 600,000 are employed in craft villages, farms or other businesses.
Tuoi Tre (Youth)
Tea exports decline due to poor quality
Despite relevant ministries, agencies and companies have implemented tea export promotion activities, the country's tea exports continued to fall last year because of low quality.
The country exported 134,000 tonnes of tea worth US$229 million last year, down 5.3 per cent in volume and 0.2 per cent in value against 2013, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Viet Nam is one of the five largest tea exporters in the world. The country's tea-planting localities grow mostly old tea varieties that do not meet demand for high-quality tea.
Thoi Bao Kinh Te Viet Nam (Viet Nam Economic Times)
VN cracks down on smuggled cigarettes
The National Steering Committee on Combating Smuggling, Commercial Fraud and Counterfeit Goods has requested relevant agencies and localities (especially HCM City, Ha Noi, Hai Phong and Da Nang; and Quang Ninh, Quang Tri, Tay Ninh, Long An, Dong Thap and An Giang provinces) to step up the inspection of smuggled cigarettes.
Cigarette smuggling has increased recently in the run-up to Tet (Lunar New Year).
The Government has decided that all smuggled cigarettes will be destroyed.
Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon)
Apartment dwellers to get more space
The Ministry of Construction targets increasing the average housing space to 21.5sq.m per person this year, up 0.9sq.m against last year.
The country built an additional 92 million sq.m of housing last year, increasing the country's average housing space per person by 1sq.m against 2013.
Last year, the country developed 0.8 million sq.m of social housing, or 12,000 apartments. The country now has a total of 1.8 million sq.m of social housing.
Tin Tuc (News)