A-G: Unemployment lowest in 15 years

The Government has announced that the unemployment rate in 2015-16 was 5.5 per cent, down from 7.1 per cent in 2010-11.

Staff Writers

August 9, 2017 10:54 pm

Attorney General and Minister for Economy, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum officiated at the Fiji Chamber of Commerce and Industry Business Forum last week.

In a statement, the Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said that preliminary findings of the Fiji Bureau of Statistics showed that the 2015-16 rate of unemployment was the lowest on record in Fiji over the last 15 years.

According to the A-G, the survey showed that the number of employers in Fiji in 2015-2016 increased by 37 per cent from 2010-2011.

The survey also reported on school participation and showed a decrease of 9.1 per cent in Fijians that had left school in 2015-2016 compared to 2010-2011.

The percentage of dropouts that had left the education system due to financial constraints had also dramatically dropped from 31.9 per cent in 2010-2011 to 4.8 per cent in 2015-2016.

The survey also reported that youth unemployment stood at 18 per cent in 2015-2016.

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