'Zimbabwe unemployment rate is 11%,' claims ZimStat

'Zimbabwe unemployment rate is 11%,' claims ZimStat
Published: 10 December 2013 (10007 Views)
Zimbabwe has an unemployment rate of 11 percent, contrary to claims by some economists that the country has a joblessness rate of more than 70 percent, the Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency director-general Mr Dzinotizei Mutasa said yesterday.

Mr Mutasa told participants at a one-day ZimStat dissemination workshop that most people in the country were economically active and only 11 percent were unemployed according to the 2012 agency's findings.

"Persons who stated paid employee, employer, own account worker and unpaid family worker as their main activity were regarded as employed or economically active persons," he said.

"One is either a farmer, selling juice cards, driving an emergency taxi or you are working as a hair dresser, all these people are economically active.

"We have always had this argument about what is the percentage of people that are employed or unemployed in Zimbabwe. Textbook economists will say 85 percent but that is not true. If we had a population like that most people in Zimbabwe would have died, it is not possible," he said.

Mr Mutasa said out of the country's total population of 13 061 239, the economically active group stood at 68,8percent while the economically inactive group was 32,5 percent.

Of the total number of economically active persons, the largest proportion was in Masvingo with an activity rate of 73 and Matabeleland North had the lowest activity rate of 59.

ZimStat director said 50 percent of the country's population was employed in the agricultural sector.

Of the employed persons enumerated in Zimbabwe, 42 percent were communal farmers or communal farm workers while the other employed persons were 58 percent.

Data on activity for Zimbabwe from the 2012 population census show that about 59 percent of the total population was in the 15 and above age group.

The economically active population constituted 67 percent and 11 percent were unemployed and 89 percent employed.

The survey revealed that at least 3,7 million Zimbabweans are involved in informal sector activities and females, at 54,6 percent, made up the majority of the people employed in the informal sector.

Economist John Robertson argued that Zimbabwe's unemployment rate remained very high at more than 70 percent with less than 900 000 people formally employed out of a population of 13 million people.

"An estimated 100 000 jobs have been lost from 2004 up to date as government fails to create new jobs," John Robertson said.

"It can't be 11 percent. Our unemployment rate is more than 70 percent due to the failure by the government to create jobs for its people."

- herald

 0

You May Like These Videos

Comments

There are no comments.

Latest stories

PDZ bemoans govt's misplaced priorities by giving chiefs expensive cars

by Staff Reporter | 19 January 2018 | 291 Views

Mnangagwa's regional trips are strategic, critical and promotes regional integration

by Tinashe Eric Muzamhindo | 19 January 2018 | 176 Views

'Aliens' face challenges in registering to vote in Zimbabwe

by Stephen Jakes | 19 January 2018 | 123 Views

Roy Bennett 'suffered a lot in his attempt to build a new Zimbabwe'

by Staff reporter | 19 January 2018 | 211 Views

Who is the Representative of God on Earth?

by Tendai Tagarira | 19 January 2018 | 109 Views

Champions at home and abroad gone too soon

by Jacob Mafume | 19 January 2018 | 102 Views

Former deputy minister of education 'Tapela' dies

by Stephen Jakes | 19 January 2018 | 219 Views

WATCH: Mugabe 'forgot' Mnangagwa firing

by BBc | 19 January 2018 | 200 Views

Obert Gutu banned from MDC-T HQ by the Vanguard

by Staff reporter | 19 January 2018 | 179 Views

Mnangagwa's message to Davos

by Staff reporter | 19 January 2018 | 107 Views

MDC must lead by example in leadership transfer - Mliswa

by Stephen Jakes | 19 January 2018 | 131 Views

Heal Zimbabwe riled by increase in human rights violations

by Stephen Jakes | 19 January 2018 | 70 Views

Free and fair elections is a myth

by Zondiwe Gumede | 19 January 2018 | 113 Views

Why women keep out of political participation and activism in Zimbabwe

by Makho Precious Moyo | 19 January 2018 | 87 Views

About Marriage (Part 1)

by Belinda Chowa | 19 January 2018 | 110 Views

WATCH: Mnangagwa discusses how he hopes to drive economic growth

by Bloomberg | 19 January 2018 | 120 Views

MDC must urgently put its house in order

by Justice Benjamin Paradza | 19 January 2018 | 107 Views

MDC mourns the passing of the struggle veteran Roy Bennett

by Stephen Jakes | 19 January 2018 | 169 Views

MDC-T provincial chairpersons exonerate Khupe

by Tererai Danga | 19 January 2018 | 172 Views

Gukurahundi is not a bygone - Zapu

by Stephen Jakes | 19 January 2018 | 135 Views

'Arrest Obert Mpofu or else chaos will reign'

by Staff reporter | 19 January 2018 | 558 Views

Mnangagwa felt sorry for Grace Mugabe

by Staff reporter | 19 January 2018 | 484 Views

Axed Bosso players demand outstanding dues

by Staff reporter | 19 January 2018 | 137 Views

Varsity student shoplifts perfumes

by Staff reporter | 19 January 2018 | 178 Views

Stealing from the dead

by Staff reporter | 19 January 2018 | 117 Views

Bulawayo's Luthuli Dlamini takes City to the world

by Staff reporter | 19 January 2018 | 144 Views

Sex with late uncle's wife torments man

by Staff reporter | 19 January 2018 | 200 Views

Lying ben 10 dumped

by Staff reporter | 19 January 2018 | 120 Views

Mudzingwa opens up on Bosso exit

by Staff reporter | 19 January 2018 | 121 Views

Teacher forces 'lover' pupil to abort

by Staff reporter | 19 January 2018 | 96 Views

Man dumps wife for married girlfriend

by Staff reporter | 19 January 2018 | 176 Views

Baboon attack splits family

by Staff reporter | 19 January 2018 | 101 Views

R10 stabbing sends man to ICU

by Staff reporter | 19 January 2018 | 64 Views

Knives drawn as pastors fight in church

by Staff reporter | 19 January 2018 | 119 Views

Typhoid case in Nkayi linked to Mbare

by Staff reporter | 19 January 2018 | 66 Views

Woman feasts on own blood

by Staff reporter | 19 January 2018 | 89 Views