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Ethiopia - Urban Labor Markets : Challenges and Prospects, Volume 2. Background Paper

ACTIVE LABOUR ACTIVE LABOUR MARKET ACTIVE LABOUR MARKET POLICIES ADULT MALES AGE DISTRIBUTION AGE GROUP AGE GROUPS AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT CHILD LABOUR CITY POPULATION CORE LABOR STANDARDS CULTURAL PRACTICES DEVELOPING COUNTRIES EDUCATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT EDUCATIONAL DISTRIBUTION EDUCATIONAL LEVEL EMPLOYMENT RATE EMPLOYMENT STATUS EXTENDED FAMILY FAMILY COMPOSITION FAMILY SIZE FEMALE CHILDREN FEMALE EMPLOYMENT FERTILITY FERTILITY RATES GENDER GENDER ROLES GENERAL EDUCATION GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT HIV HOUSEHOLD SIZE ILLITERACY INDUSTRIALIZATION INFORMAL EMPLOYMENT INFORMAL SECTOR INFORMAL SECTOR EMPLOYMENT INFORMAL SECTOR WORKERS INFORMATION SYSTEM INTERNAL MIGRATION INTERNATIONAL FOOD POLICY RESEARCH INSTITUTE JOB CREATION JOB SEARCH JOBS LABOR MARKET LABOUR LABOUR FORCE LABOUR MARKET INFORMATION LABOUR MARKETS LABOUR ORGANIZATION LABOUR SUPPLY LARGE CITIES MANPOWER MARITAL STATUS MIGRANT MIGRANTS MIGRATION STATUS MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS OPEN UNEMPLOYMENT PERCEPTION POLICY IMPLICATIONS POLICY RESEARCH POPULATION DECLINES POPULATION SIZE POVERTY REDUCTION POVERTY REDUCTION STRATEGY PRIMARY EDUCATION PROGRESS PUBLIC SECTOR EMPLOYMENT PULL FACTORS REPRODUCTIVE AGE RESPECT RURAL AREAS RURAL PRODUCTIVITY SECONDARY EDUCATION SELF EMPLOYMENT SMALL ENTERPRISES SOCIAL AFFAIRS TOTAL EMPLOYMENT UNEMPLOYED UNEMPLOYED YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT UNEMPLOYMENT DURATION UNITED NATIONS UNITED NATIONS ECONOMIC COMMISSION FOR AFRICA URBAN AREAS URBAN EMPLOYMENT URBAN POPULATION URBAN WOMEN URBAN YOUTH VOCATIONAL EDUCATION VOCATIONAL SCHOOL WAGE DATA WAGE EMPLOYMENT WAGES WED YOUNG PEOPLE YOUTH EMPLOYMENT YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT RATES
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Washington, DC
Africa | East Africa | Sub-Saharan Africa | Ethiopia
2012-06-14T14:49:06Z | 2012-06-14T14:49:06Z | 2007-03

This report focuses on a central element of Ethiopia's challenge: the urban labor market. The headlines, which are detailed in the report, are dramatic, and include the following: open unemployment has been persistently high and average duration is long, though recent trends suggest improved performance. There is a significant segmentation-two relatively privileged sector in the public and formal private sectors, a massive informal sector and a large stock of unemployed. Individual transitions across these states have increased over time, but remain relatively limited. Formal sector employment in urban areas is dominated by the state and manufacturing sector employment remains among the lowest in the world. The majority of those who are working in urban areas are engaged in informal sector activity, typically as a last resort but also as a persistent state. Average wages are low, especially for the unskilled and in the informal sector, but productivity is also very low. Women are especially disadvantaged in the labor market-and typically face worse outcomes with higher levels of unemployment, lower wages, and a greater concentration in the informal sector. Many youth seem to enter the labor market through low quality jobs in the informal sector or into unemployment. The structure of this report is as follows. Volume I synthesizes the emerging findings and policy implications while Volume 2 presents a series of thematic chapters which summarize the underlying background work. In this volume the next chapter sets the stage for the analysis by clarifying the metrics of the key labor market indicators. Chapter 3 looks at the structure of urban labor markets and what has hindered their ability to generate jobs despite the acceleration of growth in the last few years. Chapter 4 focuses on the challenge of urban unemployment, while Chapter 5 looks at the effects of migration on urban labor markets. The final chapter in this volume reviews the emerging policy agenda.

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