Labour figures fall short of plans

1/16/2013 9:33:53 AM

Viet Nam 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 on January 7, 2013.



     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.

     Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung expressed his appreciation of these efforts, adding that Viet Nam 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 Viet Nam 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.