Ethiopia: Labor and Skills Ministry Creates Over 3 Million Jobs

Addis Ababa — :- Ethiopia has created 3.1 million jobs this EFY by overcoming domestic and global challenges, according to Ministry of Labor and Skills.

Labor and Skills State Minister, Nigusu Tilahun told ENA that the nation created the stated number against the 3.7 million planned for the year.

According to him, out of the total 100,000 were created overseas.

The plan to create 3 million jobs each year was formulated in 2020 by the government, the state minister stated, adding that since then Ethiopia has been working to create a total of 14 million new jobs by 2025 and 20 million new jobs by 2030.

The aim is to create sustainable and decent jobs for two million citizens each year.

“The reason why we are planning so is because 2 million job seekers join the job market each year, and we have of course the backlog. So to reduce unemployment significantly and to create sustainable and decent jobs, Ethiopia needs to create 3 million jobs each year,” Nigusu explained.

He disclosed the creation of 3 million jobs every year was mostly successful, except in the past Ethiopian Fiscal Year.

“Since 2020, that is for the last two years, the plan has been successfully accomplished. But last year we failed to achieve the plan because of local and international problems.”

International challenges and pressures, including the Russia-Ukraine war and the COVID-19 pandemic, have been largely affecting the economic stability and challenging the job creation in Ethiopia, the state minister pointed out.