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Labour force, Employment and Unemployment – 1st Quarter 2022
Employment of Mauritians is estimated at 502,500 in the first quarter of 2022 compared to 509,900 in the fourth quarter of 2021 and 481,900 in the first quarter of 2021.
The unemployment rate for the first quarter of 2022 is estimated at 8.7%, compared to the rate of 8.1% at the fourth quarter of 2021 and the rate of 9.8% at the first quarter of 2021.
The number of persons considered to be outside the labour force is estimated at 459,300 in the first quarter of 2022 compared to 456,900 in the fourth quarter of 2021 and 470,200 in the first quarter of 2021.
The main characteristics of the unemployed at the first quarter of 2022 were:
The 47,600 unemployed comprised 23,100 males (49%) and 24,500 females (51%).
Around 28,700 (60%) of the unemployed were single; males (68%) and females (53%).
Some 25,000 (53%) of the unemployed did not have the Cambridge School Certificate (SC) or equivalent and among them 5,700 had not even passed the Primary School Achievement Certificate (PSAC)/Certificate of Primary Education (CPE) or equivalent.
Around 26,400 (55%) had been looking for work for up to one year.
Some 18,800 (39%) were looking for a job for the first time.
Around 15,000 (32%) were registered at the Employment Service Information Centre.
Some 8,500 or 18% of the unemployed were heads of households.
Around 13,200 (28%) lived in households with no employed persons.
Some 18,100 or about 38% of the unemployed were aged between 16 to 24 years.
There were 12,000 (25%) young persons aged 16 to 24 years, not yet married and looking for a first job. Some 4,300 possessed a qualification below SC.