Labour Minister Fackson Shamenda has said that youth unemployment remains relatively high, at 10.5% of the 14.98 million population.
Mr Shamenda said that the 2014 labour force survey report indicated that 5.8 million people are employed in Zambia and that 16.1% are in the formal sector while 83.9% are in the informal sector.
Mr Shamenda said that despite the total working age population estimated at 8.12 million while the labour force estimation stands at 6.3 million.
The minister however said that measures have been put in place to formalise the informal sector.
Mr Shamenda said that government is promoting formal Job creation through the strategies such as the revised national youth policy and plan of action, the industrialization and job creation strategy and national development plans.
He said this during the launch and dissemination of the 2014 labour force survey report in Lusaka.
And International Labour Organization-ILO- Country Director Alexio Mushindo said the labour force survey report is key to addressing the rising challenges and formulating strategies that will strengthen the labour market .
Meanwhile, Central Statistical Office Director John Kalumbi said the survey report will strengthen the labour market and help identify the vulnerable groups requiring support