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BBC: Egyptians still await economic change

Seven months on from the ousting of President Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, there are protests pretty much every day.
16.09.11 | Interesting article at BBC

Many of the demonstrations are political, but some are prompted by people's living standards.

Egyptians are demanding higher wages, better working conditions and more jobs.

"Life is tough," says Yasmine El Rashidi, an Egyptian author.

"On an economic level, there's been no change. If anything, it's become harder."

Food prices have been rising at a rapid rate, putting pressure on the poorest.

'Bleak' jobs outlook:
The latest official data show the price of rice and sugar rose more than 10% just in one month, from June to July this year.

The price of tomatoes - essential to many Egyptian dishes - has almost doubled in a year.

Two-thirds of Egyptians are under 30 years old. It's thought about a third of them are unemployed, including many university graduates.

Many of these were the driving force behind the protests that led to the ousting of President Mubarak.

But they have not seen the increase in jobs they hoped the revolution would usher in.