| Azlan Othman |
THERE has been a decline in the number of job seekers in this country, the latest Department of Economic Planning and Development (JPKE) statistics revealed.
In June 2014, the number of unemployed locals (Brunei citizens and permanent residents) aged 18-59 years declined to 11,469 from 11,546 in May 2014, a decrease of 0.7 per cent.
Majority of the job seekers are those residing in the Brunei-Muara District, women and those aged between 20 and 29 years and those who possess higher education level at the secondary school.
Elaborating more on the statistics, JPKE said that out of the total jobless, 7,790 people or 67.9 per cent are residing in the Brunei-Muara District; 1,714 (14.9 per cent) in Tutong District; 1,470 (12.8 per cent) in Belait District and 495 (4.3 per cent) in Temburong District.
Brunei-Muara District has recorded a decline of 0.8 per cent in unemployment figure, according to JPKE statistics.
In terms of gender, of the total jobless, 6,733 (58.7 per cent) are females and 4,736 (41.3 per cent) males. Unemployment among males has dropped by 0.8 per cent.
In terms of age, 3,252 job seekers, or 28.4 per cent, are between 20 and 24 years; 2,494 (21.7 per cent) between 25 and 29 years; 1,809 (15.8 per cent) between 30 and 34 years; 1,351 (11.8 per cent) between 35 and 39 years; 1,012 (8.8 per cent) between 40 and 44 years; 579 (five per cent) between 45 and 49 years; 508 (4.4 per cent) between 50 and 59 years and 464 (four per cent) between 18 and 19 years old.
The JPKE statistics also revealed that unemployment among the 35-39 year old category has dropped by 26 per cent.
A total of 8,160 job seekers, or 71.1 per cent, possess higher education level in the category of secondary school; 1,233 people, or 10.8 per cent, are primary school qualification holders; 833, or 7.3 per cent, are with technical and vocational education; 546, or 4.8 per cent, have tertiary qualifications; 416, or 3.6 per cent, are pre-university students and another 281, or 2.5 per cent, hold other qualifications.
The number of unemployed people with higher level of education has dropped by 1.8 per cent.
For any queries on local job seekers’ statistics, interested parties may contact the department at 2230250 or 2233344 during office hours or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.depd.gov.bn