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Youth unemployment rate stands at 25%

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A recent study by Statistics Botswana has found out that about 25 percent of the youth remain unemployed.

Youth in this context is described as those between the ages of 15 and 35.

According to the study, it has been recorded that females tend to suffer slightly more than their male counterparts at 26.8 percent compared to 23.5 percent of the unemployed males.

It has also been observed by the Botswana Multi Topic Household Survey (BMHS) that the most affected age group are those between 18 -19 years and 20- 24 years at 48.1 percent and 37.3 percent.

In addition, the survey has found out that by education level, those who only completed Junior Certificate level are the ones mostly affected by this predicament, constituting 42 percent of the total unemployed youth.

They are followed by senior secondary school leavers and university/college graduates with 28.1 and 13.1 percent of the total respectively.

By region, it reported that the youth in urban villages are the mostly unemployed at 51.4 percent, followed by those in rural areas at 27.2 percent.

Unemployed youth in towns and cities constitutes 21.4 percent.