Jordan's unemployment rate reached 15.7 percent in February, up from 14.4 percent in February 2000, according to a government study published Saturday, March 31.
The study showed that 37.1 percent of Jordan's unemployed have been jobless for longer than a year and 47.4 percent for less than six months.
The survey also reports that 26.3 percent of the country's single people are unemployed, against seven percent of the married population.
Independent surveys estimate that unemployment hits 25 percent of Jordan's active population.
The Jordanian government pledged in late 1998 to carry out reforms suggested by the International Monetary Fund to draw foreign investment and create jobs. — (AFP, Amman)
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