Mideast youth unemployment rises amid post-Arab Spring chaos

In this Wednesday, May 20, 2015 photo, Jordanian women sew jeans for the U.S. market in a garment factory in the village of Kitteh in northern Jordan. The factory opened last year and created employment in an area where options had largely been limited to men joining the army and women staying home. Yet for millions of young people in the Middle East and North Africa, jobs remain out of reach and the problem of youth unemployment has only worsened in the post-Arab Spring turmoil. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)KITTEH, Jordan (AP) — Fawziyeh Sharif and dozens of other young women who make jeans for the U.S. market in a factory in this village in northern Jordan consider themselves lucky — even though they spend 48 hours a week bent over sewing machines for minimum wage.


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