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Kenya has highest informal jobs in Africa

Jua kali artisans at work in Nairobi. Kenya’s informal sector employed 11.8 million people in 2014 against 2.4 million in the formal sector. PHOTO | FILE
Jua kali artisans at work in Nairobi. Kenya’s informal sector employed 11.8 million people in 2014 against 2.4 million in the formal sector. PHOTO | FILE  NATION MEDIA GROUP

Kenya has the highest informal sector employment among nine countries covered in a new report by the United Nations’ Economic Commission for Africa.

Employment in the sector stands at 77.9 per cent of the total ahead of Rwanda’s 73.4 per cent, Uganda’s 59.2 and Tanzania’s 8.5 per cent. In Egypt, Liberia, Madagascar, Mauritius and South Africa, the sector offers jobs to 51.2, 49.5, 51.8, 9.3 and 17.8 per cent of workers, respectively.

The study, launched Thursday in Nairobi, looked at the informal employment outside the agricultural sector with the overall focus being industrialisation through trade.

“In Kenya and Rwanda, three out of four workers are employed in the informal sector, a proportion that increases to over 80 per cent among women,” said the report.

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