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World Bank: Uganda’s Unemployment Problem to Worsen

Uganda has not been able to create at a promising rate, more quality jobs for its youthful population, the World Bank has warned.

According to a recent report launched by the World Bank titled ‘Uganda Jobs Strategy for Inclusive Growth’, an average 661,129 new Ugandans enter the labour market every year. This number is expected to double to 1,024,649 new entrants every year between 2030 and 2040

Currently there are over 13million Ugandans that are within the working age population. However, majority of the working population is either unemployed or involved in low paying or unproductive employment which cannot yield any proper growth.

While officially launching the report at Golf Course Hotel on Tuesday, Minister for Investment, Evenly Anite expressed concern over persistence unemployment and underemployment rates in the country and developing countries at large, noting that they are like a time bomb and responsible for increased crime rates in the country.

“We must focus on agricultural commercialisation and industrialization to create more jobs for our people. There are only 700,000 jobs in public service which can’t satisfy the big growing numbers,” She said

While presenting the findings of the report, Dino Leonardo Merotto, Lead Economist Jobs Group at World Bank noted that there has been a decline in the quality of jobs offered to Ugandans especially the youth, with many of them working for long hours at less pay.

“Because there is high demand for jobs, employers are exploiting the employees by offering them less for long hours at job and minimal working conditions,” he said.

The World Bank County Manager, Uganda Tony Thompson said that it is crucial for Uganda to create more quality jobs to ensure inclusive growth and achievement of the middle income status.

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“Creating quality Jobs is essential part of continued economic growth. Agriculture continues to be the most crucial sector for job employment as it employs more than 70% of the working population. There is need to focus on improving quality and quality in the agricultural production,” he said

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