About 722,500 workers have found jobs in the first half of the year, 98 percent of the last year's figures for the same period, according to the Ministry of Planning and Investment.

Of them, 40,000 have gone to work overseas, down 4 percent year-on-year.

Unemployment is estimated at 2.28 percent for the first half of the year - 3.85 percent in urban areas and 1.57 percent in rural areas.

During this period, about 10.9 million people have participated in compulsory social insurance schemes, up 7.1 percent year-on-year.

Meanwhile, about 163,000 people have participated in voluntary social insurance schemes, up 20.7 percent against the same period last year.

About 182,300 people applied for unemployment insurance in the first half of the year.

Labour disputes relating to salary, bonus and food allowance have reduced significantly over last year.
A report on the Government website says programmes providing vocational skills and job opportunities for workers have been implemented well this year.

It also says relevant ministries, sectors and localities have implemented well many policies and measures to reduce poverty rapidly and sustainably, including guiding poor people to do business and supporting them to build or buy houses.-VNA