In 2013, the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) aims to provide employment for 1.6 million people, including 85,000 guestworkers. It plans to reduce the urban unemployment rate to below 4 percent, and reduce the poverty rate by an additional 2 percent compared to 2012.
More than 1.4 million people secured employment last year, reaching 95 percent of the annual plan.
About 80,000 workers were sent abroad, meeting 89 percent of the set target. Taiwan recruited the largest number of Vietnamese workers (over 30,000), followed by the Republic of Korea (over 9,200) and Japan (over 8,700).