Out of Work

Southasia - - BRIEFINGS -

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.

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