Out of Work
According to the Labor Force Survey of Bhutan, the number of unemployed Bhutanese increased to 9,916 in 2013 from 6,900 the previous year despite various initiatives to address the unemployment issue. Of the total unemployed, about 5,900 are female. With this, the country’s overall unemployment rate stands at 2.9 percent today from 2.1 percent in 2012. According to the officials of the Labor Department, the 2,407 fresh graduates who attended the national graduates orientation program in 2013, including several hundred graduates from technical training institutes, added to the unemployment rate.
University graduates topped the list of unemployed people. About 3,001 university graduates are still unemployed, of which 1,627 are women. In addition, there are also about 2,227 class XII graduates registered jobseekers across the country, followed by 1,790 class X graduates. Urban areas have more number of unemployed youth. Of the total 4,283 unemployed youth in the country, 3,010 live in urban centers. With 3,656 unemployed persons, Thimphu has the highest number of unemployed registered.