Ethiopian Journal of Development Research

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A Glimpse of Urban Youth Unemployment in Ethiopia

S Gizaw


The problem of urban youth unemployment is rapidly assuming dangerous
proportions in many developing countries including Ethiopia. Ethiopia has the
largest youth population and youth labour force constitutes a fast growing
proportion. The objective of this article is to explore the employment status, issues, causes, and possible policy options. The study used both secondary and primary data sources. The study indicated that urban youth unemployment in Ethiopia is fast growing mainly due to the imbalance between the demand and supply sides of the job market. Thus, labour absorption is problematic. Recommendations and possible ways of interventions have also been forwarded.
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