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Statistics Mauritius (under the aegis of the Ministry of Finance & Economic Development)
                                Labour force, Employment and Unemployment - Fourth Quarter 2012
 
Highlights
 
Fourth quarter 2012
 
1.      Employment of Mauritians is estimated at 556,100 at the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to 549,300 at the third quarter of 2012 and 541,800 at the fourth quarter of 2011.
 
2.      The unemployment rate is estimated at 7.8% for the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to 7.5% in the fourth quarter of 2011. It stood at 7.9% at the third quarter of 2012.
 
3.   The main characteristics of the unemployed at the fourth quarter of 2012 were:
 
(i)         The 46,800 unemployed comprised 18,800 males (40%) and 28,000 females (60%).
 
(ii)          Around 19,300 (41%) of them were aged below 25 years.
 
(iii)       About 24,000 (51%) of the unemployed were single. Among males, the majority (69%) was single while among females, the majority (54%) was ever married.
 
(iv)       Some 6,500 or 14% had not reached the Certificate of Primary Education (CPE) level or equivalent and a further 15,300 (33%) did not have the Cambridge School Certificate (SC) or equivalent.
 
(v)        12,700 (27%) had been looking for work for more than one year.
 
(vi)       16,300 (35%) were looking for a job for the first time.
 
(vii)      6,000 or 13% of the unemployed were heads of households
 
(viii)     7,900 (17%) lived in households with no employed persons.
 
Year 2012
4.      Employment of Mauritians increased by 8,100 from 536,700 in 2011 to 544,800 in 2012.
 
5.      Unemployment rate increased from 7.9% in 2011 to 8.1% in 2012.
 
March 2013
 
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