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Vietnam meets job creation target despite slump

Welders are trained at Dung Quat vocational training school in Quang Ngai Province. Vietnam created over 1.5 million new jobs and sent 80,000 workers overseas last year.--Photo by Thanh Long/VNS/VNA

Publication Date : 08-01-2013


Vietnam created over 1.5 million new jobs and sent 80,000 workers overseas last year, reaching 95 per cent and 89 per cent respectively of initial targets, the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) reported yesterday.

The number of people who received vocational training also fell short, with 1.49 million people accounting for only 78.6 per cent compared to the target.

The figures were revealed at a Ha Noi conference to review the labour situation and social achievements of last year.

Although last year's results fell short of targets, Nguyen Thanh Hoa, Deputy Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs said the figures reflected encouraging efforts from the State and people despite challenges posed by the economic downturn. The report also revealed the number of people applying for social insurance had increased by nearly 49 per cent year on year.

By late 2012, the proportion of poor households was estimated to be around 10 per cent, representing a decrease of 1.76 per cent.

The management of foreign workers in Vietnam was reported to have improved with the number of foreigners granted working licence having increased by 20 per cent against 2011.

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung expressed his appreciation of these efforts, adding that Vietnam had not cut back on social funding despite economic hardships.

MoLISA said it planned to create new jobs for 1.6 million people this year - over 1.5 million people will be newly employed in Vietnam while 85,000 others will be sent to work overseas.

The Ministry also set a target of raising the number of people receiving vocational training to 1.9 million.

Other important targets include reducing the percentage of poor households nationwide by 2 per cent and poor districts by 4 per cent compared to 2012's late figures.

PM Dung expressed approval over the targets, pointing out that greater efforts to reduce poverty, especially in remote areas, were urgently needed.


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