EMPLOYMENT TRACKING

The following data comes from the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics - Quarterly Labour Force Report. The data and original reports can be found here.

KEY INSIGHTS:

  • Employment dropped in Q1 2020 by more than 287,000 people or 1.6%

  • % of the population who are employed is down to 65.3% (17.8 million people) from 66.7% (18.1 million people) in Q4 2019

This drop was not equally felt by all age ranges:

  • The number of employed people 16 - 24 years old dropped by over 927,000 or 24%

  • The number of employed people 50 - 64 years old increased by over 495,000 or nearly 18%

  • Employment rates for people 16 - 24 years old are highly volatile, the % changes over the previous 4 quarters starting in Q2 2019 have been +25.7%, +5.63%, +9.39%, -24.9%

  • Corresponding changes for 30 - 49 year olds have been far more stable at +2.0%, -0.71%, +0.41%, +1.3%

  • Whilst long term unemployment is dropping, the age group with the highest rate of long term unemployment are those betwen 20 - 24 years old. In Q1 2020 over 92,000 20 - 24 year olds were long term unemployed, accounting for 25.8% of the total long term unemployed. In Q3 2019 over 190,000 20 - 24 year olds were long term unemployed accounting for 44.3% of the total.