- Primary-school enrollment has jumped 20 percent over the Saddam years, according to the Brookings Institution's Iraq Index.
- Iraq's GDP rebounded by an estimated 50 percent in 2004, according to the IMF, mostly due to increased oil revenues. About one-third of Iraqis are unemployed -- an alarming rate -- but this is significantly better than two years ago, when half or more of Iraqis were unemployed.
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