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Labour Force, Employment and Unemployment (based on the results of the CMPHS) - 3rd Quarter 2018

Highlights
 
Third quarter 2018
 
 
1.      Employment of Mauritians is estimated at 536,800 at the third quarter of 2018 compared to 542,400 at the third quarter of 2017 and 541,500 at the second quarter of 2018.
 
2.      The unemployment rate for the third quarter of 2018 is estimated at 6.9%, lower than the rates of 7.0% at the third quarter 2017 and at the second quarter of 2018.
 
3.   The main characteristics of the unemployed at the third quarter of 2018 were:
 
(i)         The 39,800 unemployed comprised 15,800 males (40%) and 24,000 females (60%).
 
(ii)        19,300 or about 48% of the unemployed were aged below 25 years.
 
(iii)       Around 24,400 (61%) of the unemployed were single. Among males, the majority (80%) was single compared to 49% among the females.
 
(iv)    Some 3,600 or 9% had not reached the Certificate of Primary Education (CPE) level or equivalent and a further 13,900 (35%) did not have the Cambridge School Certificate (SC) or equivalent.
 
(v)        32,700 (82%) had been looking for work up to one year.
 
(vi)      13,600 (34%) were looking for a job for the first time.
 
(vii)      3,100 or 8% of the unemployed were heads of households.
 
(viii)     5,200 or 13% lived in households with no employed persons.
 
 
 Forecast - Year 2018           
 
4.      Employment is expected to increase by 1,400 in 2018 to reach 546,500 compared to 545,100 in 2017.
5.      Unemployment rate for 2018 is forecasted at 6.9%, lower than the rate of 7.1 % for 2017.
 
 
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 December 2018