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Tunisia: unemployment edges down very slightly, Troika promises 100.000 jobs by end of 2012

Employment, one of the major demands of the Tunisian revolution, continues to be the main concern of economic actors in the country, especially with the increase in the number of unemployed, estimated at 800,000.

It is a heavy responsibility incumbent upon government officials and especially in the Troika that are trying to multiply the initiatives and actions to create 100,000 employment positions by the end of this year. There are many methods and procedures that have been put in place to help unemployed people who have suffered greatly from this situation.

According to the latest figures released by the Ministry of Employment and Vocational Training, the number of employment positions created during the first six months of 2012 amounted to 61,000. It is important to note that 31,000 more will be created in the coming months, through competitive recruitment in the public and private sectors.

However, the number of unemployed fell to 17.6% in the second quarter of 2012, against 18.1%, while that of unemployed university graduates decreased by 6.7% from 33.1% during the first quarter of 2012 to 26.1% at the end of the second quarter of the same year.

Recruitment up 14.2% and job offers increase by 15.2%

With regard to employment positions, a 15.2% increase was recorded, known that the number of applications received by employment and self-employment offices has reached 61,679 offers. It is important to note that the number of new applications filed by university graduates has not exceeded 7,281 jobs.

Manufacturing and non-manufacturing industries, agriculture, fishing, tourism, trade, transportation and services have registered nearly 52,234 jobs. By cons, in the textile and clothing industry, the number of jobs has not exceeded 12,314 job applications filed during the same period.

In addition, and with regard to applicants registered at employment and self-employment offices, they were estimated at 211,710 in July 2012, down 25% compared to the same period of 2011.

As for recruitment, a 14.2% improvement was registered. Thus, 30,303 recruitment operations, including 27,234 stable jobs were recorded, and only 8,102 recruitment operations in favor of university graduates, i.e. up 46 7% compared to the same period of 2011.


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