In 2017, the Institute for Youth Development in Kyrgyzstan conducted a research
"Youth Wellbeing and Development Index". According to it, the index was 0.53 with an ideal value of 1. Among other indicators, the youth's economic situation in the country influenced this result.
Experts note that the number of unemployed among young people is much higher than in the official statistics. According to the Head of the UN Population Fund office Azamat Bayalinov
, official data show that about 12% of young people in Kyrgyzstan are unemployed, but according to experts, there are more of them, about 20%. Many graduates of higher educational institutions are among them.
Higher education does not guarantee a job for young people. According to the National Statistical Committee, in 2018, every fifth unemployed
person in Kyrgyzstan had a higher education, while this figure was 10% lower among the citizens with secondary education only.
"Many experts emphasize that the main reasons for unemployment are related to the economic and socio-demographic situation. However, I would rather pay attention to the education sector, which is not completely oriented to the modern labour market. The current market situation requires strategic investment in the technical education of young people and changes of the educational process in the traditional education system," Bayalinov said.
According to the National Statistical Committee, the youth of Kyrgyzstan is working mostly in agriculture: every fifth working young citizen
works in this area. This can be explained by the fact that the most of Kyrgyz youth live in the rural areas.
According to the data by the National Statistical Committee, 7 out of 10 young people
in Kyrgyzstan live in the villages. Consequently, there are more unemployed among young people in villages. In 2018, the research showed that three out of five unemployed young people
live in villages.