Kazakhstan has 1.15 million people in informal employment

International Business News  –  Irgaliev Aset Armanovich, head of the Agency for Strategic Planning and Reforms of Kazakhstan, in his reply to the question of the MPs of Majlis (lower house of the Parliament), said that currently 1,151,000 people in Kazakhstan are working in informal occupations.

According to the Director of the Agency for Strategic Planning and Reforms, in Kazakhstan the following categories of people are unemployed:

· No income-generating occupation;

· People who are actively seeking new jobs;

· People over 15 years of age who can enter a new job position and start work within a week.

In his response letter, Irgaliev Aset Armanovich wrote that

– The overall unemployed figure includes not only those registered as unemployed in employment service centers, but also those who are not registered and are looking for new jobs on their own. The unemployment rate is calculated based on the percentage of the unemployed population in the labor force, which is measured in percentages. Unemployment among the youth population is also calculated in this way. As of December 2022, a total of 132,300 people, or 1.4% of the total labor force, have been registered by the Employment Service Center of the Ministry of Labor and Social Security.

According to the Administrator, many of the officially registered unemployed will earn their living privately, either in the informal economy, or informally in the formal economy or in the low-income sector of the economy.

In the response letter the Administrator writes:

– As of the end of 2022 statistics, the total number of people working in informal occupations throughout Kazakhstan, including part-time, is about 1,151,100.