TOUGH decisions need to be made by the Namibian Government and role players in the private sector with regards to job creation because the total unemployment rate in the country has risen to almost 70 percent and is still rising because of the current economic downturn.
The Namibia Statistics agency indicated that the Kavango East region has the largest unemployed youth rate of 48.2 percent out of the 14 regions in the country.
The report which was presented by Alex Shimuafeni also revealed that the Kunene Region has 41.6 percent, Omaheke 38.7 percent and the Zambezi Region has the fourth highest number of unemployed youth with 37.7 percent.
Shimuafeni stated that in 2018, youth unemployment stood at 33.4 percent with unemployed young women making up 52.3 percent of that number
“These figures are from the 2018 labour force survey and they indicate that Namibia’s employment rate was at 66.6 percent as from 2018,” he said.
The report was read at an Employment Creation Seminar held in Windhoek by the High Level Panel on the Namibian Economy.
It further indicated that sectors such as accommodation and food services, agriculture and wholesale and retail trade were the driving forces behind the Namibian economy last year.
“A lot of people to lost their jobs in the construction industry. The workforce was cut by 17 percent,” stated in the report.
Minister of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment Creation, Erkki Nghimtina who was a guest speaker at the seminar, said that for Namibia to escape the current economic storm, tough decisions need to be made by those in government and private sector.