Labour force, Employment and Unemployment -
1st Quarter 2010

Highlights

First quarter 2010

1. Employment of Mauritians is estimated at 524,400 at the first quarter of 2010 compared to 536,400 at the fourth quarter of 2009 and 518,000 at the first quarter of 2009.

2. The unemployment rate for the first quarter of 2010 is estimated at 8.4% compared to 6.3% at the fourth quarter of 2009 and 8.0% at the first quarter of 2009.

3. The main characteristics of the unemployed at the first quarter of 2010 were:

(i) There were 48,000 unemployed comprising 19,300 males (40%) and 28,700 females (60%).

(ii) 20,200 or about 42% of the unemployed were aged below 25 years.

(iii) About half (24,100) of the unemployed were single. Among males, the majority (77%) was single while among females, the majority (68%) was ever married.

(iv) Some 10,000 or 21% had not reached the Certificate of Primary Education (CPE) level or equivalent and a further 21,200 (44%) did not have the Cambridge School Certificate (SC) or equivalent.

(v) 8,400 (17%) had been looking for work for more than one year.

(vi) 15,400 (32%) were looking for a first job.

(vii) 5,400 or 11% of the unemployed were heads of households.

(viii) 6,800 (14%) lived in households with no employed persons.

Year 2010
4. Employment of Mauritians is expected to increase by 5,400 from 524,800 in 2009 to 530,200 in 2010.

5. Unemployment rate is expected to increase from 7.3% in 2009 to 7.5% in 2010.

June 2010

 

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