The drop in unemployment, finds BLSS report
The Bhutan Living Standards Survey ( BLSS) report indicated that the unemployment rate has dropped to 2 percent in 2017 from 2.7 percent in 2012. However, the female unemployment is at 2.2 percent compared to 1.8 percent of male.
The survey found that the unemployment problem is high in the urban areas with unemployment rate of 4.6 percent compared to 0.8 percent in rural areas. The female unemployment in the urban area is at 6.1 percent while the male is at 3.6 percent which is a major concern.
The report pointed out that Thimphu has the highest unemployment rate with about 6 percent followed by Chhukha at 3 percent and Paro at 2.1 percent while Trashigang, Trongsa, Tsirang and Lhuntse has the lowest unemployment rate at 0.5 percent.
The unemployment is expected to address more seriously. Lyonchhen Dasho Tshering Tobgay in his opening statement said that youth unemployment must continue concern and follow. “Unemployment issue is a priority and works must be done to address it.”
The working- age population is estimated at 506,611 of 262,778 are females. BLSS report states that about one third at 32.8 percent of working age persons are in the urban areas and two third at 67.2 percent are in the rural areas.
The findings in the report indicated that the labour force participation rate is 61 percent. The labour force participation rate for female is at 49.6 percent and male at 73.6 percent. The report states, “This indicates the prevalence of gender disparities in the labour force participation in the country.”
According to the report, the unemployment rate increased gradually from lower towards higher levels of education. The unemployment rate is at 2 percent in primary education, 3 percent in secondary education and over 4 percent in above secondary education.
The ten- yearly headcount is a source of benchmark data on demographic, social, economic and housing characteristics. National Statistics Bureau conducted the census across the country, regardless of age and nationalities in May 2017.
Besides, it also collected information on the age and sex of the population in the country. It also provides the population of towns, villages, language spoken and lots more.