1. The labour force for year 2017 was estimated at 586,900 (356,600 males and 230,300 females) and employment at 545,100 (339,400 males and 205,700 females).
2. The estimated number of unemployed for 2017 was 41,800 (17,200 males and 24,600 females). The unemployment rate worked out to 7.1% (4.8% for male and 10.7% for female).
3. Those outside the labour force (economically inactive) numbered 397,100, of whom 5,800 are in potential labour force (those who were not looking but were available for work or those who were looking but were not available for work).
4. Labour underutilization was 165,300 (time-related underemployed (117,700), unemployed (41,800) and potential labour force (5,800)).
5. Change from 2016 to 2017
a. The Mauritian labour force increased by 5,900 while the number of inactives increased by 2,600.
b. Employment went up by 6,500 and unemployment went down by 600.
c. The overall activity rate remained unchanged at 59.6% and the unemployment rate from 7.3% to 7.1%.
d. Youth employment decreased by 1,800 and unemployment increased by 400.
e. Youth unemployment rate therefore increased by 1.0 percentage point from 23.9% to 24.9%.
6. Evolution from 2007 to 2017
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. From a high rate of 8.5% recorded in 2007, the unemployment rate was its lowest in 2017.
e. From a rate of 24.7% in 2007, youth unemployment rose to 24.9% in 2017.