Nearly 40% unemployment in Myanmar
- Published: 25/01/2013 at 03:10 PM
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Myanmar’s first ever nationwide survey of income and employment has revealed that unemployment in the country is as high as 37% - with more than a quarter of its 60 million people living in poverty.
Pedicab drivers wait for a fare in downtown Yangon, in this file photo from July 2011. Unemployment in Myanmar is reportedly as high as 37%. (Photo by Adam Renton)
A Myanmar parliamentary planning and finance development committee has made sections of the survey available to the public, following a discussion of its findings at the Lower House last week, according to Eleven Media.
The highest rates of poverty were found in Chin State (73%), Rakhine State (44%) and Shan State (33%).
Sixteen percent of Yangon households were reported to be living in poverty.
The committee’s chairman, MP Soe Tha, did not say what criteria were used to define poverty, but said the survey provided impetus for the government to reduce it.
Mr Soe added that the poverty rates corresponded to unemployment rates, and that the survey reinforced the need to create more jobs.
Thailand is home to around 1 million migrant workers from Myanmar, according to Labour Ministrty figures. Activists say the figure is probably closer to 2 million, due to high numbers of undocumented workers, mainly in low-paying jobs in the construction, fishing and service industries.