Youth unemployment at 46 per cent: NSA

28 Mar 2019 19:10pm
WINDHOEK, 28 MAR (NAMPA) - Youth unemployment in Namibia stands at 46,1 per cent, up from the 43,4 per cent recorded in 2016, the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) has revealed in its 2018 Labour Force Survey Report.
The fifth report’s field work was conducted between September and October 2018.
Releasing the report here on Thursday, NSA Statistician General and Chief Executive Officer, Alex Shimuafeni said the 46,1 per cent represents people aged 15 to 34 as per the official definition of youth as recommended by the African Union for the purposes of international comparisons of labour statistics.
Shimuafeni said with regards to the economical age range of 19 to 34, unemployment stands at 44,8 per cent.
He said overall, unemployment decreased by 0,6 per cent from 34 per cent in 2016 to 33,4 per cent in 2018.
“The report also shows that a high proportion of our youths representing 34,9 per cent are not in Employment, Education or Training. All these indicators show that as a nation we still have a lot of work to do to reduce unemployment, especially among the youth population,” said Shimuafeni.
He further noted that there is a significant increase in female employment, with 318 615 women employed in 2016 compared to 364 834 in 2018. With regards to male employment there was a slight increase, with 358 270 men employed in 2016 and 361 508 employed in 2018.
Urban employment remained static between 2016 and 2018, whilst the rural indicators show an increase from 261 707 to 310 154.
“Employed population by industry between 2016 and 2018 in some sectors like construction, mining, manufacturing and administration recorded a decline whilst agriculture, wholesale and retail trade and accommodation recorded some gains over the two-year period,” Shimuafeni said.
The survey also analysed salaries and found that the average salary in Namibia is around N.dollars 7 935 per month. It also showed that men still earn higher salaries than women.
It was also found that 57,7 per cent of Namibians are employed in the informal sector, which means their employer does not provide a pension scheme, medical aid or social security.
“The report also provides unemployment figures per region and shows that Namibia still has very high unemployment in the Kavango East, Kunene, Omaheke and Zambezi Regions,” Shimuafeni said.