The Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Ignatius Baffour Awuah has said government created some 611,397 new jobs in the formal sector.
The jobs according to the Deputy Minister, were created between 2017 and 2019.
Ignatius Baffour Awuah, made the revelation on Thursday, August 15, 2019, when he took his turn at the Meet-The-Press Series in Accra.
Giving the breakdown of the jobs, he stated that 343,458 new jobs were created by Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) during the period under review.
He said “in addition to these new jobs in the formal sector, the ever famous Planting for Food and Jobs Programme created jobs from 2017 to 2018.”
According to him, 267,939 jobs were created by formal private sector.
He disclosed that a total of 11.6 million, representing 63 percent of the working age population are in different types of employment.
According to him, 1.14 million people, representing about 6 percent are working for own use or working voluntarily and therefore not considered to be in employment as per ILO definition of employment.
He said the remaining 5.36 million are not working because of schooling, incapacitation, domestic activities or unemployment.
Ignatius Baffour- Awuah, tackled various job creation interventions by government and how it has helped reduced unemployment.
He indicated that the unemployment rate has dropped from 11.9 percent in 2015 to 7.1 percent in 2019.
Below are some of the interventions include:
Planting for Food and Jobs Programme
Rearing for Food and Export
Revamping Vocational Skills Training and Modules
Youth Employment Agency
National Entreprenuership and Innovation Plan
Nations Builders’ Corps, among others.