Contrary to claims made by Zanu-PF that it had achieved its goal of creating 2.2 million jobs, Zimbabwe actually lost millions of jobs in the last four years. This was revealed by the Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency’s (Zimstat) intercensal demographic survey which was carried out in August 2017.
The country’s economically active population declined to 5 611 809 last year, from 7 065 311 in 2014.
The number of homemakers increased from 125 649 in 2014 to 1 071 944 in 2017.
The total economically inactive population expanded from 684 122 in 2014 to 2 460 369 last year.
Workers in agriculture and various other informal trades, decreased to 5 240 565 in 2017, from 6 265 869 in 2014, a decline of 1 025 304 jobs.
According to Zimstat,
The economically active population refers to the total number of persons available for the production of goods and services as realised in national income statistics. This includes paid employees, employers, unpaid family workers, own account workers (both agriculture and others) and those unemployed. On the other hand, homemaking, studying and being sick or too old are examples of activities of the economically inactive population.