Nearly one million educated Afghans unemployed

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Afghan men queue up to apply for passports at a passport department office in Kabul, Afghanistan, November 29, 2015. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

KABUL (Xinhua) – Up to one million educated Afghans, or 45 percent of over 2.5 million jobless Afghans, have been suffering from unemployment.

According to private Afghanistan Times daily, most of the educated jobless Afghans are youths of high school graduates, or those holding university diplomas.

“More than 2.5 million people are jobless, from whom, 45 percent are high school graduates or those who hold university diplomas. The rest are skilful people, who have access to some vocations,” the newspaper said, quoting authorities.

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Unemployment remains a challenge in the country, as the number of jobless people kept growing, while private investment continued to decline, the report said.

According to Afghanistan Central Statistics Organisation, almost 54 percent of the Afghan population live below the poverty line.

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