Support Programmes for Youth Employment and Employability in the Growth Sectors in Senegal

The situation of young people on the labour market remains worrying in Senegal. Although the country had a real GDP growth of over 5% per year between 2014 and 2019, it still has not created enough jobs, and the quality of those created remains a worrying issue. The country’s unemployment rate remains high (20.5%). It is higher in rural areas (22.1%) than in urban areas (12.6%), higher for women (29.9%) than for men (12.6%), and highest for the 15-35 age group. More specifically, the unemployment rate is 19.5% for young people aged 20 to 24 and 17.5% for those aged 25 to 29, while it is only 10% for adults.