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Government creates 800,000 jobs, says Waiguru

29 April 2015, 18:32 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - The government created 800,000 jobs in the last year, Devolution CS Ann Waiguru has said.

Speaking Wednesday in Nairobi after releasing a report on the country's economic returns in the last year, Waiguru stated that the 799, 700 jobs were both in the formal and informal sectors.

The results were based on the 2015 Economic Survey Report by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics which she released to the public. 

Waiguru said the number of formal sector employees increased from 13.5 million in 2013 to 14.3 million in 2014.

She said formal employment in the manufacturing sector increased by 2.9 per cent from 279,400 in 2013 to 287,500 persons in 2014.

" The total number of self employed and unpaid family workers within the modern sector was estimated to have increased from 83,800 in 2013 to 103,000 in 2014," she stated.

She also announced that Kenya's economy grew by 5.3 percent in 2014 compared with 5.7 percent in the previous year, hurt by slowing tourism returns and lesser agricultural output.

She added that increased government spending helped economic growth, but the tourism and agricultural sector contracted, expanding by 3.5 percent from 5.2 percent in 2013.

Kenyans though were skeptical of the numbers, with many News24 spoke to deeming the numbers fictitious and faulty.

Several surveys and polls too have stated that Kenyans fear unemployment just as close to how they fear terrorism and terrorist activities.

" Where are the jobs that they keep on creating? Kenyans are suffering and are not seeing these jobs, a number of Nairobi residents openly stated in interviews.

Waiguru though would have none of the talk.

" The country is growing in many sectors and we are proud to say so," she added.

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