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Unemployment figures reflect uncertain climate

Update: June, 28/2013 - 09:55

HCM CITY (VNS)— About 722,500 workers have found jobs in the first half of the year, 98 per cent of the last year's figures for the same period, according to the Ministry of Planning and Investment.

Of them, 40,000 have gone to work overseas, down 4 per cent year-on-year.

The number of underemployed people has reduced from 3.12 per cent in the first quarter of the year to 2.78 per cent in the second quarter.

Unemployment is estimated at 2.28 per cent for the first half of the year - 3.85 per cent in urban areas and 1.57 per cent in rural areas.

During this period, about 10.9 million people have participated in compulsory social insurance schemes, up 7.1 per cent year-on-year.

Meanwhile, about 163,000 people have participated in voluntary social insurance schemes, up 20.7 per cent against the same period last year.

About 182,300 people applied for unemployment insurance in the first half of the year.

Labour disputes relating to salary, bonus and food allowance have reduced significantly over last year.

A report on the Government website says programmes providing vocational skills and job opportunities for workers have been implemented well this year.

It also says relevant ministries, sectors and localities have implemented well many policies and measures to reduce poverty rapidly and sustainably, including guiding poor people to do business and supporting them to build or buy houses. —VNS

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