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`Jobless rate` similar for seven years!

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Anisul Islam Noor :
Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) surprisingly has been showing a same unemployment rate since 2010.
Though around 22 lakh workable people are included in the country's labour markets each year, the similar statistics the BBS is showing.
Experts said the real unemployment is around 20 percent though the present unemployment rate is shown 4.2 percent.
The BBS conducted a survey in 2010 to know the real labour force. The survey found that the total labour force is around 5.67 crore and the number of jobless people 26 lakh.
It completed such a survey in 2013 but did not find any change in the rate of unemployment. Another survey was conducted in the 2015-16 fiscal year, the report of which is yet to be published. However, the people close to the survey told The New Nation that the rate of jobless was unlikely to be shown changed.
Kabir Uddin, the project director of labour force survey, said, the statistics is prepared based on international labour force standard where it is said if a person worked for one hour in a week; he or she would not be counted as unemployed.
Similarly, a person who is searching for a job he would not be counted as jobless within one month, Kabir Uddin said.
According to this standard, the country's unemployed people stood at 26 lakh in the previous survey and the following survey report is being prepared to publish the same figure, he said.  
However, Distinguish Fellow of Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) Professor Mustafizur Rahman told The New Nation it is an abnormal situation for a country that its unemployment rate remains the same for seven years.
He said under-employment and unemployed people should be counted as unemployed in the interest of real development and then the unemployment rate will stand around 20 percent.

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