Unemployment up 31pc in 7 yrs

Staff Reporter :
Unemployment of highly educated people has increased by more than 31 per cent in seven years due to lack of proficiency in English language. At the same time, the unemployment of highly educated youth is higher than that of educated youth. So coordination between education and skills is needed.
This information came up in a study by the Center for Policy Dialogue (CPD), revealed in the capital on Saturday.
Many have to join employment to take the helm of the family after graduation or post-graduation, added the study.
According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), the number of unemployment in the country is 3 crore. However, according to the latest Labor Force Survey 2016-17 of Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics, the number of unemployment is 27 lakh.
According to CPD’s research, the highly educated unemployment rate was 2.8 per cent in 2010-11, but it increased to 34.3 per cent in 2016-17. Unemployment rate of youths without educational qualifications is 4.8 per cent. As such, employment opportunities for highly educated people are less. Lack of proficiency in mass communication and English language is the main reason for this.
Although the government has provided many types of training, there are still many vacancies due to lack of staff. This requires coordination with skills and education, say entrepreneurs. Reforms are underway in various places to keep pace with the world market. However, Planning Minister MA Mannan said that the government as well as the private sector should come forward to make the workers efficient.
Analysts are advised to focus on manpower creation by giving importance to those sectors, which have more employment opportunities.