Labour force, Employment and Unemployment based on the results of the Continuous Multi Purpose Household Survey – Year 2011


Highlights

1. The labour force for year 2011 was estimated at 582,800 (363,600 males and 219,200 females) and employment at 536,700 (344,800 males and 191,900 females).

2. The estimated number of unemployed for 2011 was 46,100 (18,800 males and 27,300 females). The unemployment rate worked out to 7.9% (5.2% for male and 12.5% for female).

3. Change from 2010 to 2011
a. Labour force increased by 1,500 from 581,300 to 582,800.
b. Activity rate decreased from 59.8% to 59.3%. Male activity rate fell from 76.1% to 75.5% while female activity rate fell from 44.2% to 43.7%.
c. Employment increased by 600 from 536,100 to 536,700 driven by an increase of 1,500 in female employment while male employment decreased by 900.
d. Unemployment rate increased from 7.8% to 7.9%. Male unemployment rate increased from 4.6% to 5.2% and female unemployment rate decreased from 13.0% to 12.5%.


4. Situation in 2011
a. The workforce was made up of around twice as many men as women.
b. Most of the workers were employees, the proportion being higher among females (85%) than among males (78%).
c. Some 60% of the Mauritian workforce was employed in the tertiary sector.
d. Unemployed women outnumbered unemployed men by 8,500, though they were generally more qualified.


5. Evolution from 2001 to 2011
a. Men are more economically active than women but the gap is decreasing over time.
b. Female employment is increasing faster than male employment.
c. The tertiary sector is becoming increasingly important in terms of employment.
d. Unemployment rate has been increasing to reach a peak in 2005; it then decreased till 2008 after which an upward trend was observed.

May 2012

More: Labour force, Employment and Unemployment - Year 2011

Table 1 - Estimated labour force, employment, unemployment and inactive population by sex, 2010 & 2011
Table 2 - Labour force, employment and unemployment by age group and sex - 2011
Table 3 - Employed population by marital status and sex - 2011
Table 4 - Employed population by employment status and sex - 2011
Table 5 - Mean hours of work per week by employment status and sex - 2011
Table 6 - Average monthly income (Rs) from employment by employment status and sex - 2011
Table 7 - Employed population by industrial sector and sex - 2001 & 2011
Table 8 - Average monthly income (Rs) from employment by industrial sector and sex - 2011
Table 9 - Mean length of service by industrial sector and sex - 2011
Table 10 - Mean hours of work per week by industrial sector and sex - 2011
Table 11 - Employed population by occupational group and sex - 2001 & 2011
Table 12 - Average monthly income (Rs) from employment by occupational group and sex - 2011
Table 13 - Unemployment rate (%) by age group and sex - 2011
Table 14 - Unemployed population by marital status and sex - 2011
Table 15 - Unemployed population by educational attainment and sex - 2011
Table 16 - Unemployed population by method of job search and sex - 2011
Table 17 - Unemployed population by type of job willing to accept and sex - 2011
Table 18 - Inactive population by inactivity status and sex - 2011
Table 19 - Age specific activity rate (%) by sex - 2001 & 2011
Table 20 - Unemployment rate (%) by sex, 2001 - 2011

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