The incidence of youth unemployment in urban Ethiopia

Haile, Getinet Astatike (2003) The incidence of youth unemployment in urban Ethiopia. In: 2nd EAF International Symposium on Contemporary Development Issues in Ethiopia, 11-13 Jul 2003, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. (Submitted)


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This study addresses some issues relating to the urban youth labour market in Ethiopia. Using data from the Ethiopian Urban Socio-Economic Survey, the study finds a staggeringly high level of youth unemployment in urban Ethiopia. This is particularly the case for the adult youth group where the unemployment rate is well over 50 per cent. That the youth makes up over a third of the population in urban centres and that it bears the brunt of the unemployment problem makes a strong case for designing appropriate policy that tackles youth unemployment and marginalisation. It is well established elsewhere that improving the economic position of the youth in general and the women section of the youth in particular constitutes an integral part of the fight against poverty. In view of this, addressing the issue of youth unemployment would strongly be in line with the current drive to curb poverty in Ethiopia. A number of suggestions have been made regarding ways of abating youth unemployment problem in urban Ethiopia.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Youth labour market, unemployment, urban Ethiopia
Subjects: University of Westminster > Architecture and the Built Environment > Policy Studies Institute (PSI) (No longer in use)
University of Westminster > Westminster Business School
Depositing User: Miss Nina Watts
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2006
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2010 14:31

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