“Landscape of Jobs in Ghana,” which was launched, explores the opportunities for youth inclusion in Ghana’s labour market and it stated that in Ghana, youth are less likely than adults to be working.

Unemployed people“In 2012, about 52% of people aged 15-24 were employed (compared to about 90% for the 25-64 population), a third were in school, 14% were inactive and 4% were unemployed actively looking for job. Young women in the same age group are particularly disadvantaged and have much higher inactivity rates that men: 17% of young female are inactive as opposed to 11% of males,” the reported said.

The World Bank however recommended that government must work towards equipping the youth with relevant skills through the educational system.

Sara Johansson, lead researcher and a Senior Economist with the World Bank who did the launching of the report, said the youth in Ghana will be in a better position to get or create jobs, if their educational foundation is right.

“Ghana has been able to increase access to education now the issue is how to go to the next dimension and ensure that, that is quality education. Because the skills you have at the end of secondary education, it’s not maybe such a big problem if you don’t have a labour market relevant skill then you need to be able to acquire it.” Sara said.

“For that you need to have basic skills. So the question is have you learnt that in school and I think this is the issue that Ghana needs to be looking out now; so how can we make sure that people are prepared to learn more because what you learn in school is how you learn better. If you can’t read very well and not used to learning situation, you are not going to be able to pick up job technical skills either.”

According to the report,  young women in Ghana are so much disadvantaged and have much higher job inactivity rates than their male counterparts as 17% of young females are inactive as opposed to 11% of males.

It said, youth between 15-24 will increase in the coming decade raising concerns about the preparedness of the Ghana’s economy to deal with the youth bulge.


Meanwhile, the Ghana Living Standards Survey for the year 2012/2013 however states that the unemployment rate in the country “is marginally higher for females (2.0%) than males (1.6%) and higher in urban areas (3.5%) than in rural areas (0.8%).”

The survey estimates that 250,000 young men and women enter the Ghanaian labour market every year with only 2% absorbed in the formal sector whilst the 98% seek employment in the informal sector or remain unemployed.

98.1% of “Ghana’s working population, 10, 517,394 are employed putting unemployment at 1.9%.

Source: Newsghana.com.gh


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