Iran’s Centre for Statistics has announced a rise in the country’s unemployment rate. ISNA reports that the statistics indicate a 0.2-percent increase in unemployment.

The number of unemployed has gone from 2.4 million to more than 2.53 million, including 1.772 million men and almost 758,000 women.

The head of the Centre for Statistics was quoted as saying that while unemployment had been concentrated among less-educated groups in past years, now it is also growing among the educated.

Last year, an unemployment rate of 26 percent was reported among youth between ages of 15 and 24, with Lorestan Province having the highest youth unemployment rate at 50 percent.