Youth unemployment increased after survey by Logo Puialii Youth Society

The youth still needs to be given employment attention as 75 percent of the Youth Unemployment Survey done by Logo Puialii Youth Society is unemployed.

This survey was done around the town areas of Apia and out in the villages and majority of the youths gave different purposes for being unemployed according to Logo Puialii Society report.

Speaking to the Samoa Observer, president of the Society, Nah Folasa said their goal is to provide the youth with opportunities in different aspects of life including employment for youth.

"We want to give them a ray of hope or a platform to give them hope that there is change in this world and nothing is impossible," he said.

Starting from February this year to June, the survey reported that the percentage of unemployment youth that are female is 45.5 percent while male's percentage is 75.5 percent.

Percentage in the rural areas and villages results to 68 percent while those youths in town is 55 percent.

Mr. Folasa said majority of the interviewed youth provided different reasons for being unemployed and they are keen for what's to offer.

"Some of them said it's because it's hard to get accepted in the jobs, some said because it's all about the connections, some said it's the poor existence of proper educational backgrounds," he said.

For this reason, Logo Puialii Society is drafting a report to be sent to the government for employment opportunities for the youth and to the Ministry of Police (M.O.P) to coordinate in promoting outreach programs on crime issues out in the communities mainly for the youth.

Mr. Folasa said this is because some of the youth they surveyed have criminal backgrounds which is also why they could not afford to get a job and that majority of the youth nowadays are committing too much crimes obviously.

"We just hope we will be given the attention because after all, the youth are the future for tomorrow and we need to give them attention before it;s too late," he said.

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