DILI, 15 october 2020 (TATOLI)– According to labour research data Timor Leste has a population of 1.2 million, of which 11% are unemployed.
State Secretary of Labor and Professional (SEFOPE) and National Statistical conducted a mini-survey in 2016, and the result shows that 10% of children in Timor Leste fit the category of child labour, which is a contributor for the overall unemployment rate growing to 11%. Director of SEFOPE Paul Alves said in his office.
He said the unemployment rate is rising due to lack of growth in the Industry and factories in Timor Leste.
‘’Today we do not have a big industry to rely on as an answer for unemployed people in Timor Leste as this could be a tool in reducing the unemployment rate. Based on data, 62% of young people under 24 years old are unemployed ’’ He Said.
SEFOPE has the responsibility to provide professional training the is qualified for accreditation to increase the capacity of young people with their life skill to compete in the job market.
The other role of SEPOPE is to promote self-employment programs, to support young groups who have a willingness to run their own business.
Jornalista: Felicidade Ximenes
Editora: Agapito Dos Santos/Nick Kettle