Only six percent unemployed: Zimstats

HARARE - Zimbabwe’s unemployment rate stands at only 6,6 percent of the economically active population of 5,6 million, the official statistics agency has claimed.

According to the 2017 Inter-Censal Demographic Survey (ICDS) launched last week by the Zimbabwe Statistics Agency (Zimstat) 93, four percent of the population is employed in one way or the other, in figures that have been rubbished by independent analysts.

The Zimstats figures apparently capture huge swathes of the informal and communal farming sectors.

Independent analysts counter that in fact over 90 percent are actually unemployed.

According to the Zimstat breakdown, 52 percent, amounting to 2,9 million, work in the agriculture sector while 14,8 percent are self-employed in different sectors of the economy while the rest are employed elsewhere.

“Out of the economically active population, seven percent are unemployed while 93 percent are employed,” the Zimstat report said.

With an estimated 300 000 graduates walking out of Zimbabwe’s 16 universities and extensive technical college network annually, the country’s floundering economy, starved of investment and job creation, can scarcely absorb enough young job seekers. — Staff Writer

Comments (13)

staff writer how dare u aide n abate this satanic government to say unemployment is ok

g40 - 28 May 2018

I think you should be more serious next time you write about sensitive issues like unemployment rate in Zim. Be considerate of your readers feelings. DAILY NEWS, I am disappointed in you.

Vee Gee - 29 May 2018

But what is the reason to lie and potray wrong stats. This is a big lie, all those vendors who have closed the streets are just 6%, shame Zimstats, you not proffesionals. This is the same with inflation figures, we know they are being doctored, inflation in Zimbabwe is much higher. Shame the new dispensation has also failed because they are continuing the old system of lying and fabrication, growing money in trees just as bond notes, ZANUCONOMICS.

Ballista - 29 May 2018


Bonganilishe - 29 May 2018

Absolute trash from Zimstats. Another victim of Zim politics you are. Even the conscious investor will not come because there is no labour.

Andrei Mafeso - 29 May 2018

So Zimbabwe is not a destination of my planned investments in Africa because there is no Labour. Or workers has excessive burgain power

Bil Gates - 29 May 2018

Why does ZIMSTAT keep on behaving as if Mugabe was still in power? Tell the truth please, ED is in power!!

Jonso - 29 May 2018

Can someone please research on whether this entity is a genuine organization and to whom its accountable. It will be interesting to find out why its churning out all this incredible material which can only be conceived as propaganda, lies and manipulation disguised as statistics.

Jaikolu Maison - 29 May 2018

Wow! So, does that mean government has got all these workers contributing to the discus through PAYE and the employers paying corporate taxes! Perhaps Zimstat will publish those figures as well

Madwala - 29 May 2018

Poor zimstats hamunyari kunyepa mosvodesa imi. Poor as Zimbabweans are, you talk of 6.6% unemployement. Anyway revisit your study methodology. There are dismal flaws. its inimaginable. Stop politicking with national statistics. or else change your organisation's name to something else.

bwadam - 29 May 2018

guys thats why I had to leave Zimstats I was ashamed to be associated with such hogwash ,infact I just stopped going to work i didnt resign was tired of telling lies everyday.survayes at the so called Zimstats are biased take them with a pinch of salt and use them at your own peril.

edwin chihambakwe - 29 May 2018

Is Zimstats a comic organisation!!!???

Muroti - 29 May 2018

Rubbish.Who writes such trash for educated readers.Those are people who live in Wonderland.We expect better news from the Daily news unless it has been hijacked by Zanu.

Mhofu - 30 May 2018

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