Unemployment rate in Ghana increases

Gati Jesse

Gati Jesse

Published on February 22, 2024

The average unemployment rate in Ghana for the first three quarters of 2023 was expected to be 14.7%, with females continually outnumbering males, according to Ghana Labour Statistics. This compares to a 13.7% unemployment figure during the same period in 2022. According to the Ghana Statistical Service, the dramatic increase in female unemployment rates between the fourth quarter of 2022 and the first quarter of 2023 resulted in a larger unemployment gender gap in 2023 compared to 2022. The disparity in unemployment figures between urban and rural areas expanded gradually throughout the first three quarters of 2023.

In the second and third quarters of 2023, the urban unemployment rate was nearly double that of rural areas, according to reports. Between the first and third quarters of 2023, almost 440,000 people entered the labor force, and more than 60.0% of them were employed. Eastern, three others record lower unemployment figures than the national average.

Across all quarters, four areas (Eastern, Bono East, Oti, and Upper West) had lower unemployment figures than the national rate.


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During the same time period, however, the Greater Accra and Ashanti regions continuously had higher unemployment rates than the national average.


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