Republic Of Zambia

United Nations Development Programme Zambia

Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland


High levels of unemployment especially among youth overshadow the gains made from strong growth and limited inflation. One of the reasons for this is that much of the economic growth has taken place in a few mechanised sectors, for example the mining sector - thanks to the booming copper prices. Little attention and investment has trickled into job rich sectors for example agriculture, tourism, tourism, and construction. Unemployment nationally as at 2008 stood at 16% of the labour force.


June 2012: Thousands of youths jostle for 800 jobs during the Zambia National Army and Zambia National Service joint recruitment exercise across the country. In Ndola alone more than 1,500 youths were lining up as early as 0300Hrs for a chance of the 80 jobs earmarked for the Copperbelt Province.