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GSS: 1.8m youth in Ghana are unemployed

In Ghana, there are about 1.8 million people aged 15 to 24 who are not enrolled in school, working, or undergoing any kind of training.

The Ghana Statistical Service in Accra published its quarterly report on food insecurity, multidimensional poverty, and labor data for the first and second quarters on September 1, 2022.

The 1.8 million people between the ages of 15 and 24 who are not in school, the workforce, or training (NEET) account for 28.8% of all young people.

Professor Samuel Kobina Annim, a government statistician, observed that the survey, among other things, looked at the characteristics of these kids and was intended to impact policy.

“Savannah Region has the highest percent of triple burdened persons representing 8.2 percent which is more than twice the national average of 3.2 percent”, Professor Annim noted.

In quarter 2 of 2022, 390,000 people who were unemployed in quarter 1 and were at least 15 years old were still unemployed.

A total of 445,000 individuals 15 years of age and older who were not in the labor force entered the ranks of the unemployed between the first and second quarters of 2022.

While more than 500,000 unemployed people acquired employment during the same period, about 850,000 people aged 15 and older who were employed in the first quarter of the year switched to unemployment status in the second.

A third of the labor force, or about 380,000 people aged 15 and over, or 3.2 percent, are triple burdened—that is, they face food insecurity, multidimensional poverty, and unemployment.

Professor Kwaku Appiah-Adu, who served as the report release event’s chair and senior advisor to the vice president, applauded the Ghana Statistical Service for conducting the AHIES and producing timely and pertinent data for policy and planning.

“As a nation, we face both enormous challenges and enormous potential. I have no doubt that the detailed quarterly report on the labor force, food insecurity, and multifaceted poverty obtained will assist the government in making evidence-based decisions and designing policies for its programs and projects for development and a more stable outlook of the Ghanaian economy, he said.

The improvement of the measurement of the nation’s gross domestic product is the main goal of annual household income and spending.

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