Sep 27 2013
By Shaymaa Adel
Azzaman, September 27, 2013
Unemployment was higher in Iraq’s southern provinces than the rest of the country, the Ministry of Planning said.
More people suffered from poverty in these provinces than other parts of the country, the ministry’s spokesman Abedzahra al-Hindawi said.
Hindawi said national statics showed a drop in unemployment across the country, but the southern provinces, namely Diwaniya, had much higher jobless figures.
He said unemployment rate had dropped nationally to 11 percent from 22 percent, but average in the south was still very high.
He gave no figures but stressed that the southern part of Iraq was still suffering from high rates of poverty and cited the Provinces of Muthana, Dhi Qar and Diwaniya as among the most impoverished.
Iraq is divided into 19 provinces.
Standards of living have not improved in the south despite the fact that most of the country’s oil exports originate in its fields.
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