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President Michel Aoun said Thursday that the grave economic situation, presence of Syrian refugees and the reluctance of Lebanese to take low-paid jobs has caused unemployment to soar to 46 percent. Aoun made the remarks during a meeting with a delegation from the Lebanese Press Syndicate at Baabda's presidential palace.Official figures estimate the number of unemployed at 25 percent among the general population and 35 percent among youth aged 18-25 .Aoun also claimed that the number of Syrian refugees in the country had reached 1.86 million.The number of those officially registered with the U.N. refugee agency in Lebanon is less than 1 million.Despite the current situation, Aoun urged optimism.
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