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​​WB: Unemployment rate in Kosovo, 30.9%

Prishtinë | 28/01/2014 15:10

Kosovo is still facing the challenge of enormous number of unemployment and lack of creation of new job opportunities. In 2013, Kosovo marked the rate of unemployment by 30.09 per cent.

Leaders of World Bank and Kosovo institutions as well as social civil society today presented the WB Report entitled ‘Return to Work: the Raise of job opportunities ne Europe and Central Asia’.

World Bank manager to Kosovo, Jean Peter Olters declared that the unemployment rate in Kosovo for 2013 is 30.9 per cent. He added that it should be worked more in order to enhance the productivity in Kosovo market.

Meanwhile Minister of Labour and Social Welfare, Nenad Rashic has called as a challenge the unemployment in Kosovo. He said the economic flexibility in Kosovo marks the latest number, which is not more than 3 per cent, of the forecasted economic growth, by 3 to 4 per cent.

On the other hand, “Riinvest” Institute Director, Lumir Abdixhikuka talked about the private sector in Kosovo, which is the greatest employer for the time being. He added ‘the number of employed is extremely low’, the number of the employed is about 350 thousands, giving the private formal and informal sector.

While Mr Ilir aliu from ProCreditBank talked about the qualified workforce, saying that the demands for qualified workforce are ‘immense’.

The report presented by WB representatives offers explanations on how a country can create more job opportunities, and what are the specific policies that are given to the workers in order to gain more access in these working places.

The Report concludes that the job opportunities challenge is the toughest one in Kosovo. Also the findings of the Report show that in Kosovo only 11 out of 100 women, aged between 15 and 64, eligible to work used to work outside of home, in comparison to 40 among the men of the same age.



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