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Unemployment rate increased to 31.8 percent in the last quarter of 2019

The country's unemployment rate rose to 31.8 percent in the last quarter of 2019, 1.7 percentage points above the previous quarter, with an additional 356,053 people joining the unemployed, according to official data.


According to the Rapid Information Sheet (FIR) of the Employment Survey in Angola (IEA), released on Monday, the unemployment rate in the population aged 15 or over increased to 31.8 percent from 30.1 percent estimated in the third quarter.

The unemployed population aged 15 and over now stands at 4,627,158 people, 356,053 more than in the third quarter of 2019, an increase of 8.3 percent.

In the case of young people, the quarterly variation was even more expressive, reaching 9.8 percent, with the number of unemployed between 15 and 24 years old increasing from 2,474,967 to 2,717,191, that is, more 242,224 people .

The unemployment rate in this age group stood at 56.5 percent in the fourth quarter, 2.3 percentage points more than in the previous quarter.

Women continue to be more affected by unemployment than men (33.5 percent versus 30.0 percent for men aged 15 and over) and the unemployment rate in the urban area (42.6 percent ) is about three times higher than in the rural area (17.0 percent).

The employed population aged 15 or over (9,924,675) decreased by 6,873 people (0.1 percent) compared to the previous quarter.

The IEA started in November 2018 and is a sample survey, aimed at households residing in Angola, with data being collected for all individuals residing in the national territory aged 15 or over.

Per quarter, a total of 10,944 households are selected, 6036 in the urban area and 4908 in the rural area.

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