July 2015

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Understanding the Basics: A market that holds back women and youth

Labour market data in Albania suggest that the economic growth experienced during the last two decades has not been translated into significant labour market improvements. In the first quarter of 2015, labour force participation rates remained below European averages, with women’s participation rates significantly lower than men’s (54.2% and 72.2% respectively). Youth participation rates are even lower (36.7% for young women and 50.5% for young men) and as such indicative of the fact that youth face increased difficulties in the labour market compared to other adults. 34.5% of youth are neither in employment, nor in education or training (NEET), more than twice the rate found among EU27 countries (13%). Only 21.2% of young women in this category are actively seeking employment, compared to over 50% of the men.