A newly implemented work and employment measure system in Zambia has revealed a 41.2% joblessness rate for the year 2017. The new tool was implemented by the Zamstats also known as the Central Statistics Office. The new system is part of the 19th International Conference of Labor Statisticians Resolution.
According to the 2017 Labor Force Survey conducted by the country’s statistics agency, the Central Statistical Office (CSO), about 2,97mn people were employed as of last year out of the estimated labor force of 5.05mn. The survey revealed that, 24.1% of the people were in formal employment while 75.9% were in the informal sector, with the number of employed males at 1,79mn while females were at 1.17mn.
Of these, the figures further showed that unemployment was higher among females at 48.8% compared to males at 34.8%. The survey also revealed that youth unemployment stood at 48.6%, with urban areas recording a higher youth unemployment rate than rural areas. Goodson Sinyenga, Acting Director of the statistics agency told reporters during the unveiling of the survey results that the full report will contain details of sector employment as well as professionals of those employed.
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