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Labour Force, Employment and Unemployment (based on the results of the Continuous Multi-Purpose Household Survey) - Year 2015

 HIGHLIGHTS

1. The labour force for year 2015 was estimated at 584,600 (353,300 males and 231,300 females) and employment at 538,300 (333,800 males and 204,500 females).

2. The estimated number of unemployed for 2015 was 46,300 (19,500 males and 26,800 females). The unemployment rate worked out to 7.9% (5.5% for male and 11.6% for female).

 

3. Change from 2014 to 2015

    1. Labour force increased by 8,900 from 575,700 to 584,600
    2. Activity rate increased from 59.9% to 60.4%. Male activity rate decreased from 75.2% to 74.8% while female activity rate increased from 45.3% to 46.6%.
    3. Employment increased by 7,400 from 530,900 to 538,300 driven by an increase of 7,000 in female employment and 400 in male employment.
    4. Unemployment increased by 1,500 (100 among males and 1,400 among females) to 46,300, resulting in a slight increase in the unemployment rate from 7.8% to 7.9%.  Female unemployment rate increased from 11.4% to 11.6% while male unemployment rate remained at the same level of 5.5%.

 

4. Situation in  2015

    1. Men comprised 60% of the workforce.
    2. Most of the workers (79%) were employees.
    3. Among the unemployed, women outnumbered men (26,800 compared to 19,500) though they were generally more qualified.
    4. Unemployment rate was highest at the lowest age groups and decreased progressively with increasing age. Youth (aged 16 to 24 years) unemployment rate stood at 26.3% (21.6% for male and 32.7% for female).

 

5. Evolution from 2005 to 2015

    1. Men are more economically active than women but the gap is decreasing over time
    2. Female employment is increasing faster than male employment
    3. The tertiary sector is becoming increasingly important in terms of employment
    4. From 9.6% recorded in 2005, the unemployment rate decreased to 7.2% in 2008, after which an upward trend was observed till 2012 (8.0%). In 2014 and 2015, the unemployment rate stood at 7.8% and 7.9% respectively.
    5. From a rate of around 26% in 2005, youth unemployment dropped to 19% in 2008. It then rose to around 26% again in 2015.

 

 

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May 2016