The Rwanda Labour Force Survey (LFS) program systematically gathers data pertaining to the employment and labor underutilization characteristics of the population on a quarterly basis since 2019 and it has been instrumental in providing precise quarterly estimates of key labor force aggregates at the national level.
The Labour Force Survey (LFS) programme collect data on employment and labour underutilization characteristics of the population on a quarterly basis, providing quarterly estimates of the main labour force aggregates with sufficient precision at the National level since 2019.
The latest labour market data for August 2023 (Q3) has been released, revealing interesting trends in the unemployment landscape. While the overall unemployment rate remained at 18.0 percent, slightly declined as anticipated, there were notable variations across different demographic groups.
Rwanda has seen a promising decline in its unemployment rate, with the latest figures revealing a drop to 16.8 percent, compared to 23.5 percent in May 2022 and 17.3 percent in February 2023. This reduction is a testament to the nation's continued efforts to stimulate economic growth and job creation. However, beneath this overall improvement, significant gender and age disparities persist, demanding attention and targeted strategies to address them effectively.