The drop in un­em­ploy­ment, finds BLSS re­port

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Lhakpa Tsh­er­ing

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.

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