The unemployment rate in Mauritius fell to 6.9 percent in the third quarter of 2018 from 7.0 percent in the same quarter of the previous year. 39.8 thousand persons were unemployed, of which 19.3 thousand were aged below 25 years. Around 9 percent or 3.6 thousand had not reached the Certificate of Primary Education level or equivalent and a further 35 percent or 13.9 thousand did not have the Cambridge School Certificate or equivalent. Also, 3.1 thousand or 8 percent of the unemployed were heads of households and 5.2 thousand or 13 percent lived in household with no employed persons. There were 536.8 thousand employed people, 5.6 thousand less than in the third quarter of 2017. In the previous quarter, the jobless rate was at 7.0 percent. Unemployment Rate in Mauritius averaged 7.57 percent from 1983 until 2018, reaching an all time high of 19.70 percent in the fourth quarter of 1983 and a record low of 2.70 percent in the fourth quarter of 1991.
Unemployment Rate in Mauritius is expected to be 7.00 percent by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Unemployment Rate in Mauritius to stand at 6.80 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the Mauritius Unemployment Rate is projected to trend around 6.50 percent in 2020, according to our econometric models.