Jan. 5, 2006
Additional 1.3 million jobs is target for 2006
Ha Noi, Jan. 5 (VNA) - Creation of 1.3 million new jobs is the target for 2006, said the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI).
The ministry quoted the National Assembly-approved socio-economic development plan for 2006 as also targeting sending 80,000 labourers and skilled workers abroad, and reducing the urban unemployment rate to 5.4 percent from 5.5 percent in 2005.
The plan also targets reduction of the percentage of labourers working in the agro-forestry-fisheries sector to 55 percent, with increases in the workforce of the industrial and service sectors to 19 percent and 26 percent, respectively.
To achieve these targets, the MPI has suggested measures to attract more workers, especially from rural areas, to textiles, garments and footwear production, aquaculture, and the wood and seafood processing industries.
The ministry also proposed accelerating the development of the service and tourist sectors, building three job placement centres in the three key economic zones, and improving workforce quality.
According to the MPI, the national economy employed 43.66 million people in 2005, including 1.6 million newly-created jobs and 75,000 labourers sent abroad. At present, the country has 52.8 million people of working age, 15.8 million of whom reside in urban areas. Annually, about 1.3 million people will reach working age compared with just 300,000 who will age out of the labour market.