Angola’s unemployment rate at between 35 and 40 percent

26 April 2006

Luanda, Angola, 26 April – Angola’s unemployment rate currently stands at between 35 and 40 percent, the national director of the public Administartion, Employment and Social Security Ministry (MAPESS), Leonel Bernardo said Monday in Luanda.

According to Angolan news agency Angop, Leonel Bernardo said that his Ministry was surveying the workforce occupied by the informal sector of the economy in order to provide more specific figures.

“We have to find more credible indicators,” he said.

Bernardo gave this information on announcing that a meeting would be held on the subject with the participation of public and private bodies from all of the country’s provinces..

Known as the “Colloquium on Employment,” the meeting will take place Thursday and Friday of this week at Palácio dos Congressos, in Luanda and will focus on discussing issues relating to the business sector as it is considered to be the sector with most potential for creating new jobs. (macauhub)