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Hanoi (VNA) – Over a million Vietnamese of working age were unemployed in the second quarter of this year, up 16,400 people against the previous quarter, heard a workshop in Hanoi on August 17. 

Jointly held by the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) and the General Statistics Office of Vietnam, delegates at the event noticed 286,100 job seekers hold college and university degrees or higher. 

Speaking at the event, MoLISA Deputy Minister Doan Mau Diep asserted the significance of early and suitable job orientations among young people, adding that the “race of academic qualifications” has resulted in hundreds of thousands of university graduates unable to find jobs. 

Meanwhile, Director of the Institute of Labour Science Dao Quang Vinh said a lack of working experience and a gap between training and market demand – excessive manpower in some areas such as business and economics, but a shortage in technological and technical engineers - are major reasons for high unemployment among new graduates.

Back in the first quarter of this year, the country recorded more than 1.07 million unemployed people.-VNA