Assad Touts Positive Jobs Report as Syrian Unemployment Continues Dramatic Fall
Bashar al-Assad today touted another positive monthly jobs report as evidence of his strong and competent leadership.
The report compiled by Syria's Bureau of Economic Statistics, now based in Iran after its headquarters was bombed to the ground, shows that unemployment figures have fallen by over 10,000 for the 86th month in a row.
Under questioning from journalists, Econom Iq-Ali, who authored the report, acknowledged that the downward trend in unemployment appeared to be most pronounced in Aleppo, Homs and Douma. Mr. Iq-Ali declined to be drawn on whether these cities being heavily bombed by the government could be linked to the falling unemployment figures - or merely a case of correlation.
A spokesperson for President Assad dismissed similar questions and suggested that falling unemployment in areas that the government is most active in only underlines the success of President Assad's economic stewardship. The spokesperson emphasized that the Syrian government remained fully committed to deepening the success of these policies with the help of the Russian and Iranian militaries.