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Labour Force, Employment and Unemployment – CMPHS 3rd Quarter 2015



Third quarter 2015

1. Employment of Mauritians is estimated at 536,500 at the third quarter of 2015   compared to 529,700 at the third quarter of 2014 and 542,600 at the second quarter of 2015. The increase in employment from the third quarter 2014 to the corresponding quarter of 2015 works out to 6,800.


This increase in employment is NOT an estimate of 'Employment creations' as has been interpreted by the media in the recent weeks. It represents the NET CHANGE IN EMPLOYMENT LEVEL, i.e 'Employment Creations minus Employment Losses' during the period under reference.

Statistics Mauritius has initiated steps for improving its data collection process to capture information on additional labour market, employment and unemployment indicators as from next year including data on number of job creations and losses.

2.  The unemployment rate is estimated at 7.4% for the third quarter of 2015, compared to 7.8% at the second quarter 2015 and 7.6 % at the third quarter 2014.
3.  The main characteristics of the unemployed at the third quarter of 2015 were:
     (i) The 42,600 unemployed comprised 17,100 males (40%) and 25,500 females(60%).
    (ii) Around 20,700 (49%) of the unemployed were aged below 25 years.
   (iii) Around 25,700 (60%) of the unemployed were single. Among males, the majority  (75%) was single compared to 51% among the females.
   (iv) Some 5,600 or 13% had not reached the Certificate of Primary Education (CPE) level or equivalent and a further 14,400 (34%) did not have the Cambridge School Certificate (SC) or equivalent.
    (v) 8,500 (20%) had been looking for work for more than one year.
   ​(vi) 13,700 (32%) were looking for a first job.
​  (vii) 4,500 (11%) of the unemployed were heads of households.
 (viii) 3,500 (8%) lived in households with no employed persons.
Year 2015 forecast
4.  Unemployment rate for year 2015 is projected at 8.0% compared to 7.8% for 2014.
The estimate of unemployment rate for year 2014 (7.8%) and the forecast for 2015 (8.0%) are NOT end of year estimates (i.e. as at 31st December). They represent weighted averages of estimates based on sample data collected throughout the year under review.

 December 2015