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33,000 without jobs

Luke Rawalai
Friday, May 30, 2014

THE National Employment Centre has so far registered an accumulative total of 33,000 unemployed people in the country.

Centre director Viliame Cagilaba said the figure was inclusive of the legal employment age from 15 years and above.

Mr Cagilaba said of the total of unemployed registrations they received, more than 5000 were from youths.

He said 12,000 graduates had also registered with the centre in search of job opportunities.

"We have identified from NEC that the problem has nothing to do with the lack of job opportunities," he said.

"The job opportunities are out there but we do not have suitable qualification that is needed from the employer.

"In this light we also feel that there is a need to revise our education system because it has been outdated."

He said Fiji's school curriculum needed to be tuned to bring out employees qualified to fit the demand from the labour market.

"There is no co-ordination between the supply and the demand in our labour market because the education system does not co-ordinate with the demand from the labour market.

"Most of our youths prefer to go for white collar jobs and they are never told that there are also opportunities in other labour markets.

"Most of our clients out of the 12,000 are school dropouts but government's free education initiative is expected to address this issue."

Mr Cagilaba said when considering the issue of unemployment one needed to be specific because most people in rural areas had their own forms of self-employment.

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