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Table 1 Socio demographic characteristics of unemployed young adults in Gedeo zone, Southern, Ethiopia, 2019 (N = 1419)

From: Youth unemployment and mental health: prevalence and associated factors of depression among unemployed young adults in Gedeo zone, Southern Ethiopia

Variables Frequency Percentage
Age in years( mean = 23.7, SD =  ± 3.35)
 18–24 837 59%
 25–30 582 41%
Sex
 Male 820 57.8%
 Female 599 42.2%
Marital status
 Married 428 30.2%
 Single/divorced/separated 991 69.8%
Ethnicity of study participant
 Gedeo 1066 75.1%
 Othersa 353 24.9%
Religion
 Orthodox 607 42.8%
 Protestant 597 42.1%
 Muslim 167 11.7%
 Othersb 48 3.4%
Educational level
 Certificate 605 42.6%
 Diploma 674 47.5%
 Degree and above 140 9.9%
Duration of unemployment
  < 1 year 951 67%
 ≥ 1 year 468 33%
Social support
 Poor social support 688 48.5%
 Moderate social support 545 38.4%
 Strong social support 186 13.1%
Self-esteem (Mean = 15.58, SD ± 3.55)
 Low self-esteem 631 44.5
 High self-esteem 788 55.5
  1. aOromo, Amhara, Gurage, Wolaita
  2. bCatholic, Adventist