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May 19, 2013

Profile of the 48,300 Unemployed in the Country

The list of unemployed is growing. Who are they? How old are they? Have they ever worked before? Statistics Mauritius reveals all the details of the unemployed in a report published Friday.

-More women than men are unemployed. The 48,300 registered unemployed in the country, there are 19 700 men (5.3%) and 28,600 women (12.7%). 35.7% of the unemployed are under the age of 20 years. On average, an unemployed remained unemployed for a period of 10.6 months, (12.7 months for women and 7.7 months for men).

Unemployed men are younger than unemployed women. The average age of an unemployed man is 29.3 years while the average age of an unemployed woman is 31 years. Other data: 47% of the unemployed are married while 53% of them are single.

20% were unemployed at the University. 56% of the unemployed, or 27,100 people, have no School Certificate. 17% have never received their Certificate of Primary Education (CPE), whereas 9600 (20%) unemployed educated to university. It should be noted that unemployed women are more educated than men unemployed. 46.5% of unemployed women have a SC against 40.1% of men. 20% of women with tertiary education against 19% of unemployed men.

Two-thirds of the unemployed have worked in the past. More than half of them (60%) have experience in the tertiary sector (trade, catering, ...), 36% had previously worked in the secondary sector (manufacturing and construction), while 4% worked in the agricultural sector.

-They lost their jobs for various reasons. 28% of the unemployed have lost their jobs after their contract has expired or because they were temporary jobs. 26% quit their jobs because they were not satisfied with their job while 12% quit their jobs because of personal obligations (marriage, family reasons ...). 11% of the unemployed have lost their jobs due to the closure of the company where they worked and 10% due to the reduction in staff.

-They seek employment in the private sector. The unemployed show more interest to accept a full-time job (90%) rather than a part-time job (66%). They show a slight preference for working in the private sector. 81% of them want a job in the private sector against 80% in the public sector. Only 55% were willing to accept a temporary job. The number of unemployed willing to accept jobs below their qualifications or training or who are willing to work abroad is 51%.

-Helped financially by their parents / spouses. 47.4% of the unemployed rely financially on their parents while 37.6% are financially supported by their spouse or partner. Other unemployed people receive support from their families or subsisting on a pension or savings.

 

 

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