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Business sector employment continues to drop

The number of business sector employees dropped 1.3% yr/yr in April, continuing the steady year-on-year drop registered each month since December 2008, fresh data published by the Central Statistics Office (KSH) on Friday show. Overall employment was still up year-on-year, boosted by higher numbers in the public sector, mainly because of public work schemes.

The overall number of employees rose 1.5% yr/yr to 2,692,000 in April, increasing for the first time, in a twelve-month comparison, since October 2008.

Business sector employment fell 1.3% to 1,806,000 The pace of the drop slowed further, partly because of the base.

The number of employees in the public sector rose 7% to 7,848,000. The number included 92,800 people employed in public work schemes, double that in April 2009. Excluding such schemes, the number of public sector employees rose a slight 0.6%.

In January-April, the average number of employees was 2,692,000, down 1.0% from the same period a year earlier, including a 4.2% drop in the business sector and a 5.7% increase in the public sector, also because of public work schemes. Excluding the 71,200 people employed on average in these schemes during the period, employment in the public sector totalled 685,300, l 0.2% less than in January-April 2009. The number of people in public work schemes jumped 145% during the period as government support for them grew. (MTI-ECONEWS)