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Ethiopian gov’t annual hiring capacity only six percent 

Unemployed Ethiopians checking for vacancy announcement in the capital Addis Ababa (Image source: VoxDev)

By Staff Reporter

ADDIS ABABA – (BORKENA) – Although there are a large number of job seekers in Ethiopia, the annual hiring capacity of the government is limited only to 6 percent, sources said.

An economist and professor of macroeconomics at Addis Ababa University, Department of Economics, Alemayehu Geda told Ethio-FM107.8 Radio that despite the high unemployment rate in the country, the government has been bound to create job opportunities for only 6 percent of them every year.

Professor Alemayehu pointed out that the government has been able to employ on an annual basis only 2.4 million or 6 percent of the job-seeking population for the past several years.

As a result, many graduate students have suffered from unemployment and psychological crises.

Professor Alemayehu told Ethio-FM 107.8 Radio that the source of the country’s growth is the social sector that does not get job opportunities.

Professor Alemayehu Geda indicated that the highest employer sector in Ethiopia is agriculture. The other sector, the self-employed section of the society, which accounts for 35 percent, is also the one that creates jobs in an informal way.

Alemayehu further pointed out that the source of the country’s growth and the economic sector that can create jobs are not aligned. That is the main reason for the high unemployment rate observed in the country.

Professor Alemayehu says that although the agro-industry and the manufacturing sector have significant contributions to the development of the country, they have not been invested enough.

Professor Alemayehu further said that if the economic sector that can create jobs was the main source of growth in the country, the unemployment rate could have been reduced.


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  1. As long as the unemployment rate among the job seeking generation remains very high, that will be and remain a throbbing headache for that country until it subsides. The unemployed youth has been the source of easily sought fodder for bigots and rabble rousers who are hell bent to create bloody chaos in that country. The defense forces are now fighting multi front battles and sooner or later the commanders will feel their soldiers are so thinned out(stretched out). That is a concern for me. When the casualty numbers continue to rise and news of losses of loved ones reach more families the regime will be somewhat alienated losing its grip on its power. Then some officers may start taking among each other at their speakeasies. Then that will create 1972-1974 Part Deux. This reminds me a story I was told the first countryman I had the privilege of making friends with when I came to this country decades ago.

    My friend was one of those soldiers in the emperor’s army until he was sent here for mechanical training in the early 1970’s. He went AWOL and stayed here. During one of our usual conversations I asked him if there was any talk about the emperor and his government among the military. He told me he and his group used to hear rumors that was highly toned down. He told me that he and his group were under impression that there was something afoot among the military to go after the emperor. He believed if that happened the country may go into destructive chaos and that was the main reason for his going AWOL. At some point the mid level and top brass might have concluded it was too much.

    It may be or at least seems to a different environment and set up now. But some of the main factors may have similarities. Some may say that there were no opposition political parties then but there are so many now. But for me the current existence of so many political parties inside the country may not be the main game changer due to the fact that they are so splintered to a point to make any difference. They are so weakened by their own accord to influence any of the regime’s policies. They are just a collection of some useless zombies.

    So look at it this way. The defense forces have just got a reprieve from the deadly conflict in Tigray where tens of thousand soldiers lost their lives and thousand others disabled for life. When they thought that conflict is over but suddenly they are called for action into another bloody conflict in Amhara and Oromia. These are no indefatigable creatures from another galaxy. They are humans. Their commanders are not all perfect. At some point some may start saying ‘this has to stop’ first to themselves and then to their trusted foxhole comrades. That can open opportunities for fast talking and conniving officers. It really has started to concern me these days. I hope and pray I will be proven wrong.

  2. Are all these people looking for a job? They should be YouTubers. Both on the side of TPLF and that of Fanno, there is not a single YouTuber who tells the truth. Fannos activists are the worst and cannot tell the truth about any kind of incident. They reported a fanno-captured helicopter with a bottle of highland water. and another fanno killed the general with a stick, and another by reciting a Satanic incantation.

    Fannos must stop killing civilians, plundering properties, and kidnapping public servants.


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