Tunisia: unemployment stagnates in Q2, despite return of growth

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    The estimated number of unemployed people is 638,000 of the total labor force (4,135 million), i.e. an unemployment rate of 15.4% in the second quarter of the current year, stagnant compared to that recorded during the first quarter of 2018, reports the National Institute of Statistics (INS).

    The unemployment rate for the second quarter of 2018 is estimated at 12.5% for men and 22.7% for women, the institute said.

    The number of unemployed higher education graduates is estimated at 258,600 in the second quarter of 2018 against 260,200 in the first quarter of 2018, i.e. a decrease of 1,600 graduates.

    The unemployment rate thus dropped from 29.3% to 29.2%.

    According to the figures of the INS, the active population in Tunisia stood at 4.135 million in the second quarter of 2018 against 4.126 million in the first quarter of 2018, up about 9,500 people.

    This population is divided into 2.945 million men and 1.190 million women, which represent respectively 71.2% and 28.8% of the active population.

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