Kenyan youth looking for work in the Central and Eastern regions of Kenya have a higher percentage of getting employed than in any other part of the country, 2019 Kenya Population and Housing Census data has revealed.
With only 13 pc of Kenyans aged between 18 and 34 eligible for work in Nyeri and Embu counties unemployed, these two devolved units offer the youth the best opportunities of finding work.
Nyandarua comes in second runners up at 26pc with Kirinyaga and Narok holding third runners up at 27pc. Murang’a follows at 29pc.
29 counties, including highly urbanized ones like Nakuru and Machakos, have a youth unemployment rate of between 30 and 39pc which is also the national average.
Counties in the North Eastern part of the country, which are are semi-arid and have low population population recorded the highest unemployment rates of up to 62 pc of the youth in Garissa unemployed, followed by Turkana with 56pc, Mandera 52pc and Wajir 51pc.
Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu which are the most flocked cities by Kenyan youths seeking jobs performed abysmally. Nearly half or 49pc of the youth in Mombasa have no jobs. to 43pc and 41pc of the youth in Nairobi and Kisumu are not working respectively.
Census data shows that 5,341,182 or 38.9pc of the 13,777,600 young Kenyans are jobless
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