Unemployment Figures Worrying, But . . . - John Boadu

The Acting General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party John Boadu has expressed worry about the high unemployment rate in the country.

According to him, the NPP government is working to bring the economy back on track and provide meaningful employment for the teeming graduate unemployed in the country.

Unemployment Rate in Ghana increased to 5.77 percent in 2016 from 5.54 percent in 2015. Unemployment Rate in Ghana averaged 6.51 percent from 1991 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 10.36 percent in 2000 and a record low of 3.60 percent in 2006.

Speaking on Okay FM's 'Ade Akye Abia' programme, the National Organizer of the party, John Boadu said government agencies like the Youth Employment Agency (YEA) and NEIP are all stop gap measures to address the unemployment situation.

This government is trying to find a long term solution to address this challenge, that is why we have put in so many measures so by the time we are done most Ghanaian unemployed youth would have been absorbed.

Let also not forget that due to the poor economic administration of the NDC government, there was a ban or freeze on employment in the public sector by the IMF.

A situation he explains has also contributed to the already soaring numbers in the unemployment rate in the country.

Like i said earlier on, that is why we are working to make the economy robust and resilient so that when are out of the policies of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), government will able to employ more of the employed youth in the country.

More than 1.2 million persons from 15 years and older are estimated to be unemployed, representing the total unemployment rate of 11.9%, according to the Labour Force Survey Report.

Of this number, about 714,916 are females, representing 57.2 per cent and 535,997 for males representing 42.8%.

The 2015 Ghana Labour Force Survey Report commissioned by the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) revealed that females were more likely to be unemployed than their male counterparts.