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City aims to eliminate poor homes by 2020

Update: January, 05/2017 - 09:00
Local residents register for unemployment insurance benefits at HCM City’s Centre for Employment Services. Photo
Viet Nam News

HCM CITY— HCM City aims to move all poor and near-poor households, which represent 5.77 per cent of all households, out of poverty by 2020. 

The target is part of the city’s sustainable poverty reduction programme for the 2016-2020 period.

The number of poor and near-poor families in the city stands at 67,090 and 48,154, respectively, accounting for 5.77 per cent of total households, said Nguyễn Văn Lâm, deputy director of the city’s Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs.

To fulfill the target, the city plans to provide preferential loans worth VNĐ2.94 trillion (US$130.08 million) to poor and near-poor households to open small-scale production facilities or household businesses, Lâm said at a conference held yesterday in HCM City. 

Last year, nearly 9,800 poor families with income below VNĐ21 million (US$930) per person per year and 9,800 near-poor families with income ranging from more than VNĐ21 million to VNĐ28 million per person per year were assisted.

The city aims to reduce the unemployment rate from the current rate of 4.4 per cent to below four per cent this year.

It also hopes to create a total of 125,000 new jobs and send 13,500 guest workers abroad this year.

More than 77.5 per cent of 4.34 million working-age people will receive vocational training this year. Last year, more than 2.81 million working-age people received vocational training, accounting for 75 per cent of the total working-age people in the city.

More than 14,000 workers were sent to work abroad, including 5,520 female workers, an increase of 450 workers compared to the previous year.

The unemployment rate reached 4.4 per cent last year, with a total of 130,100 new jobs being created.

Last year, a total of 122,770 people registered for unemployment insurance benefits, an increase of 14,270 people compared to the previous year.

More than 122,200 people enjoyed unemployment insurance benefits, a year-on-year increase of 13,800 people compared to the previous year.

The city recorded 54 labour disputes last year, with 18,700 workers participating, a decline of 29 strikes compared to the previous year. —VNS









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