Slight Rise in Unemployment

The unemployment rate in Mauritius has shown a slight increase to 7.9% in 2015 from 7.8% the previous year, official data showed last week.

According to a statement from Statistics Mauritius, the government’s statistics office, the number of unemployed in the Indian Ocean island nation increased to 46 300 last year, an extra 1 500 people from the 2014 level. The statement said joblessness among women increased from 11.4% to 11.6% while the male unemployment rate remained the same at 5.5%.

Mauritius’ economy is projected to expand by 3.9% this year after growing 3.1%, boosted by a recovery in the construction sector and higher growth from the tourism and manufacturing sectors.

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