Unemployment rate up 7.9 percent in Angola


Angola’s unemployment rate increased by 7.9 percent in the third quarter of 2021, according to data released Friday by the country’s National Statistics Institute (INE).

A household survey by INE indicates that employment in the country decreased by 2 percent from the previous quarter.

“Employment in the third quarter presented a decreasing variation of around 2 percent compared to the second quarter, in the same period unemployment registered a growth of 7.9 percent” compared to the previous period, the INE said in a press release.

The document points out that, compared to the same period in 2020, “there was a growing variation of 1.3 percent for employment, and a growth of 0.4 percent for unemployment as well”.

The INE data also indicates that the economically active population increased by 5.5 percent year on year to 16.1 million in the third quarter of 2021.

Over half of the employed Angolan population are engaged in the primary sector, which comprises the areas of agriculture, animal production, hunting, forestry, and fishing, with self-employment continuing to absorb the majority of the population, the fresh data showed.

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