Report shows 1.4 million in Kenyan labour force are unemployed

Report shows 1.4 million in Kenyan labour force are unemployed

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People queue outside a polling station to cast their vote during the presidential election in the city centre in Nairobi, Kenya, August 8, 2017.

At least 1.4 million Kenyans who make up the country’s labour force are unemployed, the 2015/16 Kenya Integrated Household Budget Survey shows.

At the time of the survey, the report indicates, Kenya had a labour force of 19.3 million with 17.9 million in gainful employment.

The report suggests that the unemployment rate for the entire population has come down to 7.4 per cent from 9.7 per cent in 2009 and 12.7 per cent in 2005.

According to the survey of those in employment, 63.2 per cent work full time, 12.6 per cent casually 13.9 per cent in seasons and 9.5 per cent part time.

The survey (KIHBS) was conducted over 12 months to obtain up-to-date data on socio-economic indicators used to monitor the implementation of development initiatives.

Data was collected on household characteristics, housing conditions, education, general health characteristics, nutrition, household income and credit, household transfers, information communication technology, domestic tourism, shocks to household welfare and access to justice.

On basic characteristics of the population, it was found that about 70 per cent of homes, with an average size of four members, are headed by males

Relatively high average household sizes were recorded in the arid and semi-arid counties of Wajir (6.6), Garissa (5.5) and Mandera (6.4).

Counties with smaller sizes included Nyeri (2.9), Nairobi City (3.0), and Mombasa (3.0).

The report shows that nationally, 59.5 per cent of families owned the dwellings they were living in, with 85.2 per cent in rural areas and 26.1 per cent in urban areas.

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