Unemployment rate decreases in Namibia

Statistician General Alex Shimuafeni. Photo : the Southern Times

Johannesburg, South Africa (ADV) – Namibia’s unemployment rate has decreased by 0.6 percent, African Daily Voice has learnt.

According to Namibia Statistic Agency (NSA) Chief Executive Officer, Statistician General Alex Shimuafeni unemployment rate decreased from from 34 percent in 2016 to 33.4 percent in 2018.

Shimuafeni said the survey by the Namibia Labour Force Survey was conducted between September and October last year. He acknowledged that the decrease is not enough as unemployment remains high in the country’s Kavango East, Kunene, Omaheke and Zambezi regions.

“The objectives of the survey is to provide up to date labour market information for NSA planning and decision making,” said Shimuafeni, adding that data provided consist of industry information as well as employment and unemployment indicators.

“We target non-institutional population residing in private households across the country. We are happy that we achieved quite an acceptable response rate of over 94 percent, this is a good indicator that Namibians response rate was satisfactory as per the international standards.”

Shimuafeni further noted that last year’s youth unemployment rate, for 15 years to 34 years, moved from 46.1 percent from 43.4 percent recorded in 2016. He however said with regards to the youth in the age range of 19 to 34 years, the unemployment rate is 44.8 percent.

“While, we have a significant increase in female employment, 318 615 in 2016 to 364 234 in 2018, we only had a slight increase in the male segment,” he explained, adding that in 2016 male employment figures slightly increased from 358 270 to 361 508 in 2018.

“Whilst urban employment remained literally static between 2016 and 2018, the rural indicators show an increase from 261 707 to 310 154.”
Shimuafeni also noted that the unemployment levels by level of education are also provided and it remains clear that the lower the education level the higher the chances of being without employment.

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