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Mauritius’ unemployment rate dips to 7.8% in second quarter as more women get jobs

Mauritius’ unemployment rate dips to 7.8% in second quarter as more women get jobs

Statistics Mauritius forecast that those unemployed will continue to decline by 500 to reach 45,000 by end-2014 from 45,500 in 2013. (Image: Government of Mauritius)

Mauritius’ unemployment rate fell by 0.2% in the second quarter of 2014 to 7.8%, compared to 8% in the corresponding quarter in 2013, spurred by a rise in female employment.

According to the latest data from Statistics Mauritius, the number of unemployed climbed down by 1,100 from 45,600 to 44,500 in the second quarter of 2014, even as unemployed males rose by 3,400 while number of unemployed females decreased by 4,500.

The number of employed as well as labour force climbed by 5,900 and 4,800 respectively, showing a significant improvement in the number of employed people over the second quarter of 2013, according to data released on Statistics Mauritius.

Those unemployed comprised 19,900 males and 24,600 females, and approximately 18,800 of them were aged below 25 years.

A majority of 69% of the unemployed males were single while 64% of the unemployed females were ever married.

Another characteristic of the unemployed individuals is that they lack education – some 8,200 do not have the Certificate of Primary Education (CPE) or equivalent, and 16,200 do not have the Cambridge School Certificate (SC) or equivalent.

As many as 35,400 had been looking for work for up to a year and the remaining 9,100, for more than a year.

Considering the economically inactive population, there were 387,000 people aged 16 years and over in the second quarter of 2014, who do not form part of the labour force, which is defined as working-age people who are both able and willing to find employment.

On the other hand, the number of employed people in the second quarter 2014 is estimated at 527,900 with increase in male and female employment of 3,300 and 2,600 respectively, while the rate of employment in the second quarter 2013 was 522,000.

Compared to the corresponding quarter 2013, the activity rate for the second quarter of 2014 reached 572,400 from 567,600, thus representing an increase of 0.85%.

Besides, Statistics Mauritius anticipated that those employed would reach 531,200 for the year 2014 against 525,700 in 2013, representing a change of 5,500, and those unemployed will continue to decline by 500 to reach 45,000 by end-2014 from 45,500 in 2013.

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