Unemployment rates estimated in the last two national surveys and the 2009 Kenya Population Census suggest that open unemployment among youth aged 15-19 and 20-24 years is significantly larger than that of the entire working age group
The government will now have legal powers to take affirmative measures to ensure youth and marginalized groups access employment and economic empowerment.
The government has created another authority in an effort to ensure the youth and marginalised groups access jobs.
The law establishes an Authority that will assume the functions of the National Employment Bureau whose mandate is to maintain a database for all jobless youth to facilitate their employment.
President Uhuru Kenyatta signed into law the National Employment Authority Act, which has created an Authority.
The Bill was sponsored in parliament by TNA nominated MP Johnson Sakaja.
It is mandated with maintaining a database for all jobless youth to facilitate their employment.
There is a case for an urgent enhancement of interventions that promote access to quality basic education for the youth for better labor market outcomes. This is because many youths are still stuck at low levels of educational achievement—and education appears to have a strong influence on an individual’s labor market activity.