Pakistani youth hit hard by massive unemployment 

Engineering Post Report

The Pakistani youth  have been hit the hardest by massive unemployment in the backdrop of recent devastating floods, deadliest heavy rains, ongoing  foreign exchange crisis and rising inflation.

About 64 percent of the country’s population  is under the age of 30. There is a noticeable  youth bulge , which if  not addressed properly, timely and immediately will have  serious adverse effects on the state, society by and large and national economy thereby  further exacerbating the hopelessness, despair and misery  now afflicting the nation.

The skills mismatch widespread among 18 to 15 years olds in Pakistan is  most probably one  of  the main causes  of youth unemployment which is a burden Pakistan  must shoulder on priority basis.

Many young people , most unfortunately, do not  have any access at all, what to talk about easy access to high quality education or the skills needed to find and keep  jobs in a highly competitive  economy.

Due to a lack of  relevant and market -driven skills, Pakistan is losing almost an entire generation to say the least.

The dire need for better skills , most unfortunately, kills  many  unskilled people obsolete thus forcing them to continue living in poverty. Illiterate workers put in long hours of labour with inflated hopes for their careers since they know they are not going to  go very far without even  the most basic facilities in life. According to a recent  report of the World Bank regarding the adverse impact of COVID-19 on South Asian youth, around 1.6 million youths are idle alone in Pakistan. The COVID-19 pandemic had gripped the world some three years back hitting countries around the globe in varying degrees has left millions of youth idle and it is still prevalent here and there even now.

The first somewhat comprehensive  analysis of post-pandemic  global data “Collapse and Recovery: How Covid  Eroded Human Capital and What To Do About It” cited a drastic  change in the school enrolment percentages  in Pakistan before and after the pandemic.

The time to take  prompt, appropriate and swift action  is now or otherwise the countries risk scarred generations of unmet potential.