At-a-glance:Iran's vital statistics
Population

Cost of living

Development

Women

Communications

Oil

Economy

Cost of living
A large proportion of Iranians are employed by the state. Inflation, about 16% last year, particularly hits those such as teachers and civil servants whose wages are not driven by consumer prices. Unemployment is a serious problem, with about 28% of 1529 year olds out of work, and high rents are also a concern for the young.