| Azlan Othman |
THE number of unemployed Brunei citizens and permanent residents, aged 18 to 59 years, surged to 12,173 in July this year compared to 11,469 in June 2014.
A total of 750 people registered as new job-seekers in July and only 46 of them found jobs.
The statistics were revealed by the Department of Economic Planning and Development (JPKE) which has been compiling data on job-seekers monthly.
Out of the total number of registered job-seekers, 7,136 (59 per cent) are women, 6,160 (51 per cent) are aged between 20 and 29 and 8,465 (70 per cent) have secondary school education as their highest qualification.
A total of 8,187 (67 per cent) of the job-seekers are from the Brunei-Muara District, 14.9 per cent from Tutong District, 12.5 per cent from Belait District and five per cent from Temburong District.
A total of 15 per cent of the unemployed are aged between 30 and 34, 11 per cent aged 35 and 39, eight per cent aged between 40 and 44, five per cent aged between 18 and 19, four per cent aged between 45 and 49 and four per cent aged between 50 and 59.
In terms of education, 11 per cent have primary school qualification, eight per cent have technical and vocational school qualification, five per cent have tertiary education qualification, three per cent have pre-university qualification and two per cent have other qualifications.
For more information, the public can contact the JPKE at telephone number 2230250 or 2233344 (office hours), e-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org or log onto the JPKE website www.depd.gov.bn.