The Flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo Addo, has described as unacceptable the high level of unemployment in Ghana.

According to him, “the greatest challenge confronting our nation [Ghana] is the unprecedented high levels of unemployment particularly amongst the youth.”

Nana Addo indicated that, the situation will worsen if pragmatic measures are not devised to create new jobs. Speaking at a forum in Accra, he further revealed that an NPP administration will introduce viable policies that will address this challenge when voted into power.

“According to the World Bank, about 48 percent of Ghanaians between the ages of 14 and 15 and 24 are unemployed. Over 18 percent of those aged between 25 and 64 years are inactive or unemployed and actively looking for a job.

“More than 150,000 students leave school at various levels of education every year for the job market in Ghana. The NPP believes the only sustainable way of addressing this challenge is by expanding the productive basin of the Ghanaian economy and enhancing enterprise growth,” Nana Addo suggested.

Unemployment Ghana’s biggest problem – IEA A recent survey conducted by the Institute of Economic Affairs, (IEA) identified unemployment as the foremost problem confronting the majority of Ghanaians today.

According to the survey, urban dwellers, females, and the majority of people living in the Western, Eastern and Central regions, identified unemployment as their biggest problem in Ghana. The survey, conducted between November and December, 2015, sampled 1,500 respondents from across the ten regions of Ghana, who were 18 years of age, and above.