MORE than 326,480 jobs have been created in various sectors of the economy since the Patriotic Front (PF) took office in 2011, President Michael Sata has said.
Mr Sata said in a statement released in Lusaka yesterday by his Special Assistant for Press and Public Relations that his administration had set job creation as one of the major strategies to reduce poverty and improve the overall performance of the economy.
The President said 174,052 jobs had been created in arts and entertainment, tourism has seen 44,292 people employed, while in the services industry 31,336 people had been employed.
In electricity, gas and water sub-sectors 27,369 have been employed, while in construction (roads) 16,457 people, especially youths, have been given jobs.
Other sectors where people have been employed are Education (10, 099), finance and banking (5,521), community, social and personal (4,329), health (3,127), agriculture, forestry and fishing (3,185), transport and communication (3,625) and 3,088 other jobs have been created.
The Head of State reaffirmed his Government's determination to create a better Zambia for all in line with the PF manifesto.
In emphasising the importance of the construction sector, Mr Sata said massive road infrastructure projects being implemented under phase one of the Link Zambia 8000 and the L400 had created more than 16,000 jobs.
He said the construction of road infrastructure would open up the country for increased trade and investment opportunities.
"Under the Link Zambia 8000, which has seen 1500 kilometres being constructed under phase one and the L400 which has progressed significantly with over 150 kilometres of roads to be completed by the end of this year, a total of 16,457 people, mainly youths, have been employed on road projects," Mr Sata said.
He said 2,976 people had been employed in Lusaka, 1,173 in Central, while Copperbelt had seen 1,587, people employed.
In Eastern province 1,540 people have been employed, while Luapula has 1,819, and Muchinga 2,366 people with jobs.
In Northern Province, 1,973 people have been employed, North-Western 578, Southern 1,132 and Western Province 1,313 people.
Mr Sata said Government attached great importance to employment creation as the top most strategy for ensuring stability in society and overall growth of the economy.
He said under the Pave Zambia 2000 programme, work had commenced in Lusaka's Chawama Township and Petauke in Eastern Province.
The President implored the Road Development Agency (RDA) to accelerate the implementation of the programme in order to create more job opportunities for the youths.
He also said Government planned to rehabilitate more than 1,300 kilometres of the core feeder road network countrywide.