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Unemployment drops 12.1% in August

Brunei:THE number of unemployed locals and permanent residents declined by 12.1 per cent in August, according to data issued by the Department of Economic Planning and Development (JPKE) yesterday.

For August 2015, the number of unemployed people decreased to 12,524, compared to 14,257 unemployed persons in July.

This is the lowest number of unemployed persons so far this year.

The department attributed the lower unemployment figures to the 1,949 persons who have either acquired jobs, took further studies or are no longer interested to seek employment.

An additional 216 individuals also registered as job seekers in August.

More than half, or 6,6661 persons, of the total number of jobseekers in August were aged 20 to 29 years old. The number of jobseekers in this age group went down by 1,517 persons from the June figure of 7,578 individuals.

Over 3,000 unemployed people are in the 30-39 age bracket. While 1,052 people are aged 40-44.

In terms of educational qualification, most of the unemployed comprised of individuals with only secondary school qualifications. They accounted for 64.4 per cent of the total number of unemployed people in July.

Nearly 60 per cent, or 7,015 of the unemployed persons in August were women.

About 65.9 per cent of jobseekers reside in Brunei-Muara, the country’s most populated district.

Jobseekers from Tutong accounted for 16 per cent of the unemployed, followed by Belait with 13.6 per cent.

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

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