How Albanian labour market looked in 2019


  • Over the year 2019, according to Albanian Labour Force Survey estimates, labour force in Albania is 1.430 thousand persons.
  • Females account for 44.4 % of the labour force and males for 55.6 % of it.

Employed are 1,266 thousand persons, from which females account for 44.5 % and males for 55.5 %. The number of unemployed is estimated in 165 thousand persons, of which 44.0 % are females and 56.0 % are males.

The labour force participation rate for the population aged 15-64 years old is 69.6 %. For male population aged 15-64, the labour force participation rate is 16.0 percentage points higher than females. The employment rate for the population aged 15-64 years old is 61.2 %. Employment rate for females
is 54.4 % and for males is 68.2 %. The gender gap in employment for this age-group is 13.8 percentage points.

The services and agricultural sectors have the highest share of employed with respectively 43.5 % and 36.4 % of the total employment. According to the 2019 survey estimates, it results that 45.7 % of employed are paid employees, 32.3 % are self-employed (with employees or without employees) and 22.0 % are contributing family workers.

Unemployment rate decreased

The official unemployment rate, for the population 15 years old and over, is 11.5 % decreasing by 0.8 percentage points compared to 2018. For males, the unemployment rate is 0.2 percentage points higher than for females.

Youth (15-24 years old) unemployment rate is 27.2 %, (27.8 % for males and 26.3 % for females).

Compared to the previous year, youth unemployment rate has decreased by 1.1 percentage points.

Over the year 2019, youth aged 15-29 years old neither in employment nor in education or training account for 28.9 % of the same age group population.

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