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Government fares badly on job creation but gets thumbs up for promoting opportunities for women

A huge majority of adult Zimbabweans say the government is performing badly  in terms of creating jobs, according to the most recent Afrobarometer survey. Asked to rate the performance of the government on 18 different performance majorities, citizens also negatively rate government performance in many other areas such as maintenance of roads and bridges, narrowing income gaps, fighting corruption and improving the living standards of the poor.

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Swaziland: Unemployment Remains the Top Issue in the Minds of Swazis

Swaziland was excluded from the United States Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) at the beginning of 2015 and there are expectations that this will have an adverse impact on the economy and employment.  Also the continued unpredictability of the revenue derived from the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) continues to be a major challenge for the government and its ability to address some of these issues.

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AD36: Improving prospects for South Africa’s youth: Education, vocational training still key priorities

In 2015, the Republic of South Africa ratified its National Youth Policy 2015-2020 (NYP). One of the policy’s four primary objectives is “to strengthen the capacity of young people to enable them to take charge of their own well-being through building their assets and ultimately realising their potential to the fullest” (Presidency, 2014, p. 12). This is a crucial objective, given that about half of the country’s unemployed workers are youth ages 15-24 years (Statistics South Africa, 2015).

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Unemployment, electricity top list of Nigerian citizens’ concerns

Unemployment, a reliable supply of electricity, and poverty are the most important problems that Nigerians want their government to address, with crime/security following in fourth place, the latest Afrobarometer survey shows.

While incoming President Muhammadu Buhari must contend with immediate fuel, cash, and power crises, citizens’ expressed priorities can help inform the administration’s agenda for the next four years.

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BP135: The employment status of Zambians: Official definitions versus citizen perceptions

This briefing paper focuses on unemployment in Zambia. Drawing on official statistics and data from the latest Afrobarometer survey (2013), the paper begins by clarifying the concept of unemployment in as far as it is used in Zambia. It then presents the official status of unemployment as measured by the Labor Force Survey. This metric of unemployment is contrasted with perceptions of Zambians on their employment status measured by the Afrobarometer survey.

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BP119: Unemployment biggest problem for Basotho, who also endorse illegal immigration to Get Jobs

Lesotho's economy predominantly relies on subsistence farming.In recognition of this, political campaigns for the recent May 2012 general elections emphasized food security through empowering the farmers. Lesotho’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2008 was 9.1 billion maloti, with an annual growth rate of 4.4% according to the Bureau of Statistics. Since 1994, the levels of unemployment in Lesotho have been fluctuating, but have remained above 20%. This suggests that at least one in five Basotho are unemployed and in search of jobs.

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