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Hanoi (VNA) – Approximately 613,800 people found employment in the first five months of 2016, according to the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs.

The figure was 3.8 percent lower than that of the same period last year and only met 38.3 percent of the employment target set for this year.

Of the total, the number of job seekers who were hired domestically amounted to 573,000, an annual decrease of four percent. However, it still helped cut the unemployment rate to 2.23 percent in the first quarter.

Vietnam’s workforce is estimate to reach 54.47 million in the second quarter, accounting for 76 percent of the country’s above 15 year-old population.-VNA