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Number of jobseekers rise to 14,257 in July

Brunei:HE number of unemployed locals increased from 14,065 persons in June to 14,257 persons in July, the Department of Economic Planning and Development (JPKE) reported the day before yesterday.

More than half of the jobseekers were twenty-something individuals.

Individuals aged 20 to 24 accounted for 28.5 per cent of the total unemployed in July. The number of jobseekers in this age group also went up by 42 persons from the June figure of 4,016 individuals.

Those in the 25-29 age category accounted for 24.7 per cent of July’s number of jobseekers or 3,520. The number of jobseekers in this age group went up by 71 per sons from the June figure of 3,449 individuals.

In terms of educational qualification, most of the unemployed comprised of individuals with only secondary school qualifications. They accounted for 63.5 per cent of the total number of unemployed people in July.

Those with technical and vocational qualifications comprised 12.3 per cent. Those with tertiary qualifications accounted for 10 per cent of the total number of jobseekers.

Women accounted for over half of the total unemployment figure with 55.8 per cent, while 44.2 per cent of the unemployed were men.

About 68.1 per cent of jobseekers reside in Brunei-Muara, the country’s most populated district.

Jobseekers from Tutong accounted for 15 per cent of the unemployment followed by Belait with 12.8 per cent.

JPKE sourced its data from reports made by village heads and the Local Employment and Workforce Development Agency, Ministry of Home Affairs.

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