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Thursday, June 7, 2007




Syrian Demographics

2007-06-07


DAMASCUS (Reuters)

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RUNAWAY POPULATION GROWTH

Syria's population of 19 million is growing at 2.45 percent a year. More than 40 percent of Syrians are aged under 15 (means very low work force participation NB).

Economist Nabil Sukkar put unemployment at 20 percent, more than twice the official figure. He said Syria faced a difficult transition. Only the private sector could create new jobs as the public sector shrank, along with its ethos of secure employment.

"A draft labor law will reduce job security and the unions are resisting it," he said. "We need unemployment benefits and health care to make people feel less insecure."

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