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Working Paper 123 - Labor Market Dynamics in Tunisia: The Issue of Youth Unemployment


During the last 10 years, Tunisia has achieved consistently good macroeconomic performances. Real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth amounted on average to 5 percent a year, and reached a record high 6.3 percent in 2007. Nonetheless, the Tunisian economy is characterized by high unemployment (14.2 percent in 2010). In particular, the high rate of unemployment among young graduates -which reached 47 percent in 2007 for individuals aged 23-29 years with a Master degree in law, economics and management- constitutes one of the key development challenges for the country.

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