Local officials in Diyala province say unemployment in the province has dropped to 35% due to improving security situations and government loans.
There were some 120,000 unemployed people in Diyala in 2010, 70,000 of whom hold at least a diploma or BA degree.
An adviser to the governor of Diyala for reconstruction and investment, Rassem al-Agidi claimed that the number of unemployed have dropped from 120,000 to 80,000 in 2011, a 35% decrease from the previous year.
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