Mining sector now employs almost 100,000

On 15 May 2019 at 05:30

People employed in mining and quarry sector have increased to 98,591 in 2019 Q1 compared to 62,563 in 2018 Q4 – an increase of 57%.

According to the results of the Labor force survey, February 2019 (Q1) by National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda (NISR), percentage distribution of employed population in mining and quarry has grown from 1.4 in 2017 to 3.1 in 2019 (Q1).

A comparison between February 2018 and February 2019 (Q1) shows that only three economic activities have shown a change of at least 1 percentage point. These are Agriculture forestry and fishing with a decline of 2.9 percentage points, Mining, and quarrying which recorded an increase of 1.3 percentage points and Transportation and storage, which showed an increase of 1.1-percentage points. “Activity of household as employers” sector has also declined in employment by around 1 percentage point.

The Rwanda Labor Force Survey (LFS) started in 2016 with an annual sample spread into two rounds to provide bi-annual estimates of main labor market indicators at National level. From February 2019, the sample was spread into four rounds to provide estimates of labor market indicators at the national level on a quarterly basis. The main objective of the survey is to provide data on the structure and trends of the labor force, employment, and unemployment as well as other related labor market statistics for the implementation and evaluation of economic and social policies related to employment creation, income generation, skills development, and related decent work policies.