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Kenya faces unemployment crisis, says Kenya National Bureau of Statistics’s survey

Nine out of ten unemployed are above the age of thirty-five, according to the survey which was conducted among the age bracket of 20-24.


Devdiscourse News Desk Kenya
Updated: 23-03-2018 11:30 IST
Kenya faces unemployment crisis, says Kenya National Bureau of Statistics’s survey

According to a recent survey by Kenya National Bureau of Statistics close to seven million Kenyan youth are unemployed.

Out of these,1.4 million have been looking for a job for a long time. The failed search for the job has either forced them to sit idle or to get back to their studies.

The survey released on Thursday gave a gruesome image of Kenya 's unemployment shattering the country's employability.The data reported in the survey said 1.95 millions of Kenya's qualified youth in active in labour jobs with the majority working in low wages and low cadre.

Kenya had 25 million people working in the age group (15-65) in 2017, mostly in economically active state.Kenya 's half of the working population has had access to primary education level. By 202, Kenya is expected to have 28.5 million of working age population.

According to the survey, 4.2 million working-age Kenyans were either a part of the college or school and not supporting the country's economy. The latest survey the majority of Kenya's youth under 20-24 years as unemployed.

Nine out of ten unemployed are above the age of thirty-five, according to the survey which was conducted among the age bracket of 20-24.Kenya's unemployment has forced many youths; male and female to enter drug trafficking, prostitution and even terrorism.

Citing concerns for the unemployability, President Uhuru Kenyatta is looking forward to the job sector to increase job creation.Employment is among the four pillars of the Uhuru government's agenda including health care, food and low-cost housing.

Kenya has lost more than 20 companies from its sector leaving thousands of jobless.

COUNTRY : Kenya

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