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Unemployment Rate Passes 25%

By John Lee. The Iraqi Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, Mohammed Shayaa al-Sudani, has said that the unemployment rate in Iraq has passed 25 percent. Ministry statistics also show that Iraq’s population is now almost 36 million, two million of whom are internally displaced as a result of the conflict with Islamic State (IS, […]

Unemployment Increases in Kurdistan Region

By John Lee. BasNews reports that the unemployment rate in Kurdistan has risen from 7 percent at the end of 2013 to 10 percent currently. The number unemployed is nearly 100,ooo, of which 52 percent are men. The increase has been blamed on the general economic situation in Iraqi Kurdistan, and on the sanctions that Baghdad […]

Poverty and Unemployment Not Being Addressed

By Layth Mahdi, Agricultural Advisor. The opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Poverty and Unemployment Not Being Addressed in the Coming Iraqi Elections Iraq’s poverty and unemployment is increasing every year despite the Government’s efforts to implement programs to lower it. The United […]

Iraqi Unemployment Falls to 16%

Iraq’s Minister for Planning and Development Cooperation, Ali Yusuf Al Shukri, has announced unemployment in Iraq of about 16%, with a poverty rate of about 11%, according to Alsumaria TV. “Poverty and unemployment rates are decreasing in Iraq after Iraqi GDP improved and investment in constructions and services projects increased,” Shukri told the news agency, stressing […]

Brain Drain with No Gain?

By T. Keyzom Ngodup, co-founder at Ideas sYnergy.  Ideas sYnergy is Iraq’s first multiple bottom line advisory company committed to inclusive economic and social development through market-based solutions that help build and scale youth-driven innovative ideas for social change.   An Economist report rightly pointed out that when people in the developed countries worry about […]

Unemployment “Hits One Million”

Unemployment in Iraq has reached one million, according to a report from AKnews. Dara Hasan, Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, told the agency: “We are working on a plan to bring the level of unemployment down. There are 13 new laws ready to be issued which will protect and stabilized employees’ rights in […]

Iraq’s Visa Madness

Visa problems for foreign workers in Iraq continue to make the headlines. Last week we reported on the difficulties caused by a decision to channel visa applications through the office of the Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki; now we hear that the Basra Investment Commission has imposed its own restrictions, with the intention of reducing unemployment. […]