Ghana’s unemployment rate is better than Europe – Employment minister reveals

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Ghana's unemployment rate
The Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Ignatius Baffour-Awuah

The Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Ignatius Baffour-Awuah has indicated that while there is no doubt that Ghana is faced with a big issue of unemployment, Ghana’s unemployment rate is far better than in other places in Europe.

Speaking on the floor of parliament, the minister explained that the West African sub-region has a better situation and should not be considered as a bad one.
“Another revealing fact is that I do not deny the fact that we have unemployment situation on our hand but [the] unemployment rate in Sub-Sahara Africa than in North Africa and in Europe,” he said.

Ignatius Baffour-Awuah further explained that the only difference with these situations in the sub-region and other places like Europe is that the latter has systems that effectively document such statistics on jobs.

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“The reason being that in those advanced countries, they have systems of reporting and indeed, any person that is not employed can access unemployment benefits whereas in Sub-Sahara Africa, these things are not there so even if the person is unemployed, any work he or she lays hands-on, they avail themselves for it,” he added.

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