Thua Thien – Hue (VNA) – The central province of Thua Thien-Hue has set the goal of generating 16,000 new jobs in 2016, as heard a local conference on January 12.

The unemployment rates in urban and rural areas are set to be cut to 2 percent and 15 percent, respectively.

It also set a target to achieve 58 percent of trained workers and a 1.7-2 percent reduction in poor households.

Addressing the event, Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Nguyen Dung asked for efforts to continue improving workforce quality, link up local and national labour market databases, and increase consultation at job centres towards fulfilling the 2016-2020 socio-economic development plan.

In the foreseeable future, the province is set to assist the poor who meet specific criteria to minimise their over-reliance on funding; pool resources for infrastructure and development; and improve workforce quality in ethnic minorities in border and coastal areas - in combination with job creation and increasing local livelihoods.

Last year, Thua Thien-Hue generated jobs to over 16,000 workers, surpassing the target.

Reviewing the 2011-2015 social and poverty reduction policies, participants heard that more than 80,000 underwent vocational training, up 16 percent from the late 2010.

As many as 50,000 poor households were given access to credit from the Bank for Social Policies during the period.

The rate of poor households was brought down to 4.5 percent in 2015 from 11.6 percent in 2011.-VNA