Female unemployment rates in the country are still in rise
Although there is achieving the Royal Government’s goal of full employment but still there is increased in the female youth unemployment rate from 10 percent in 2014 to 12.7 percent in 2015.
During the press conference last Wednesday, labour ministry Lyonpo Ngeema Sangay Tshempo said that this is a very big concern because the female unemployment is increasing over the year which is considerably increasing.
Lyonpo added that female youth unemployment rate is higher compared to male youth mainly due to the fact that the female population is higher than male and most female jobseekers possess education qualification of class ten and twelve.
Lyonpo further added that females are much less mobile geographically than males when employment is concerned. At the same time, due to mainly family responsibilities or child rearing responsibilities, female tend to choose mostly desk jobs which are scares. That’s way, we see a rise in the female unem- ployment.
To tackle this issues, Lyonpo said that they have several program which gear towards the reducing the female unemployment rate. About 70 percent of women are given opportunities in the employment such as in the hospitality and in the tourism sector.
Lyonpo further added that the women were give more priorities in the sales and service sectors, graduates skills program, youth employment scheme, skills for employment and entrepreneurship development (SEED) and horticulture business and also soap making micro business.
Besides that overseas employment program which is very famous to these days is that about 70 percent of beneficiaries are women.
“Entrepreneurship development program we encourage small and micro enterprises (SMEs) to women by providing more loans to create self employment,” said the Lyonpo.
According to the labour force survey reports 2015, it stated that of the total unemployed person, 59.9 percent constituted female and only 40.1 percent constituted male.
Estimated the overall female unemployment rate of 3.1 percent whereas the overall male unemployment rate was estimated was 1.8 percent and the most vulnerability group on the unemployment category are the age groups between 15-24 years which are mostly youths, stated the report.
Meanwhile, ministry of labour releases the 13th National Labour Force Survey Report 2015. Lyonpo said that the survey was aimed at providing quantitative information for the preparation of plans and programs pertaining to the employment and labour market.