Primary sector in Mozambique employs more than 73 pct of the active population

24 April 2013

The primary sector, which includes agriculture, fishing and mining, employs 73.1 percent of the active population in Mozambique, according to the results of the Family Survey being carried out by the country’s National Statistics Institute (INE).

The survey also determined that 22.8 percent of the active population works in the tertiary sector, which includes transport and communications, retail, finance and services, and the remainder of the population works in the secondary sector, which includes manufacturing, energy and construction.

Citing INE, Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias, said that the first phase of this survey, which began in July 2012, collected data about Workforce, Tourism and Expenditure.

Most of the active population (67 percent) were independent workers, 18 percent were unpaid family workers and 15 percent were salaried workers.

The provinces of Tete (26.0 percent), Niassa (29.2 percent), Maputo province (29.2 percent), Manica (35 percent) and the city of Maputo (35.7 percent), have the highest rates of unemployment, with Zambézia province at the other extreme, where the rate of unemployment is 10 percent. (macauhub)