DR Congo hails generation of 13,000 jobs to mark Labor Day

2013-05-01 09:21:52 GMT2013-05-01 17:21:52(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

KINSHASA, May 1 (Xinhua) -- More than 13,000 jobs were generated in 2012 in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo), the Central African country says to mark the International Labor Day.

Congolese Labor Minister Modeste Bahati Lukwebo said 13,552 positions were created in the past year in a message broadcast on Tuesday on the eve of the International Labor Day.

Citing the latest statistics, the minister said 1,925 jobs were created in the first sector (agriculture), 2,558 jobs in the second (industry) and 9,069 jobs in the third (service).

Appreciating the efforts by companies to add decent jobs and provide professional training, Lukwebo admitted there is still a big gap between job generation and the population of the jobless.

He called for more efforts to tackle unemployment, especially among youths, who constitute the most important manpower.

A report by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) on unemployment in DR Congo showed that the youths ages 15 to 24 in urban areas are the most affected by the jobless problem. Their unemployment rate of 32.23 percent is higher than the national rate of 17.8 percent.

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