Ethiopian Business Review

The total number of workers engaged in the manufacturing industry in Ethiopia, according to the Manufacturing Business Survey conducted by the Central Statistical Agency (CSA) last year. Out of the total workers, 141,094 (74.9Pct) were permanent while the remaining 47,265 (25.1 Pct) were seasonal employees. Among the industrial groupings, manufacturing of food products takes the highest number of employees with around 24.3Pct of the total work force. Manufacturing of tobacco products contributed the smallest amount of workers which is about 1.4Pct of the total employment.

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Urban unemployment is a critical socio economic problem facing developing countries like Ethiopia. Although it has declined over the last five survey periods, it is still a threat to the national economy since unemployment is concentrated among relatively well-educated first time job seekers who come from the middle class.  The overall urban unemployment rate in Ethiopia declined from 21.3 Pct in 2008 to 20.4 Pct in 2009 and reached 18.9 Pct in 2010. The rate further declined to 18.0 Pct and 17.5Pct in 2011 and 2012, respectively.

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The current national production of sugar in tons, that surpassed the estimated local demand by 48,000 tons according to the Ethiopian Sugar Corporation. This increase of sugar production came as the result of the expansion projects carried out on existing sugar factories during the previous year. The expansion has been undertaken in Wonji Shoa, Fincha, Metehara and Tendaho sugar factories.

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