Saudi Arabia Unemployment rate

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Unemployment rate: 11.2% (2016 est.)
11.4% (2015 est.)
note: data are for Saudi males only (local bank estimates; some estimates are as high as 25%)

Definition: This entry contains the percent of the labor force that is without jobs. Substantial underemployment might be noted.

Source: CIA World Factbook - This page was last updated on July 9, 2017

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Variable: Unemployment rate

Note: Unemployment rate can be defined by either the national definition, the ILO harmonized definition, or the OECD harmonized definition. The OECD harmonized unemployment rate gives the number of unemployed persons as a percentage of the labor force (the total number of people employed plus unemployed). [OECD Main Economic Indicators, OECD, monthly] As defined by the International Labour Organization, unemployed workers are those who are currently not working but are willing and able to work for pay, currently available to work, and have actively searched for work. [ILO,]

Units: Percent of total labor force

Country-specific Note: Source: Ministry of Economy Latest actual data: 2014 Employment type: Harmonized ILO definition. unemployment rate updated to include expat workers, previously only nationals Primary domestic currency: Saudi Arabian riyal Data last updated: 03/2015

Source: International Monetary Fund, World Economic Outlook Database, April 2015

YearUnemployment ratePercent Change
20004.5715.20 %
20014.6171.01 %
20025.26514.04 %
20035.5625.64 %
20045.8224.67 %
20056.0513.93 %
20066.2543.35 %
20075.645-9.74 %
20085.176-8.31 %
20095.3773.88 %
20105.5483.18 %
20115.7724.04 %
20125.524-4.30 %
20135.5680.80 %
20145.548-0.36 %

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