CS for Labour and Simon Kiprono Chelugui today revealed that Kenya had 3 million jobs in the formal sector and 8 million in the informal sector in early 2020. 1.7 million of these jobs have been lost since owing to the economic hardships fostered by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Kenya is the flower garden of Europe but with the grounding of international flights, the sector was hard-hit.
He singled out the worst-hit sectors as retail and wholesale, entertainment and floriculture.
"Generally all Kenyans were adversely affected but some of these sectors folded up altogether".
The government has done all it can to cushion the hardships by issuing Shs 10 billion which was distributed to vulnerable groups including the elderly and those in the informal sector through the 'Inua Jamii' Program.
Labour and Social Services CS, Simon Kiprono Chelugui.
European Union also gave support through donations made to individual homesteads by the 'Give Directly' agency.
Of utmost importance, however, he said, is the Government encouraging continuous dialogue between employers and employees so that a consensus may be worked out that does not hamper productivity.
"I've seen a media house which declared quarterly profits this year because of embracing digital technology. We have to be more creative and adaptive to survive," he said.
The multi-billion entertainment industry virtually went dead.
Earlier on in his Labour Day message to Kenyan workers, the CS had reiterated the same position by stating, "The road to success in the workplace requires persistence, passion, and commitment. You have demonstrated that you have all three and more."
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