Jordanians celebrate Labor Day, with unemployment standing at 23.3%

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AMMAN — Jordan will celebrates Labor Day, which is observed on May 1 every year, at a time when the unemployment rate in the Kingdom stands at 23.3 percent, mostly as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.اضافة اعلان

According to the Department of Statistics (DoS), the unemployment rate in Jordan during the fourth quarter of last year stood at 23.3 percent, an increase of 0.1 percentage point from the third quarter of the same year, and a decrease of 1.4 percentage points from the fourth quarter of 2020.

The unemployment rate among men during the fourth quarter of 2021 stood at 21.4 percent, compared to 30.7 percent for women. In the case of men, the unemployment rate had decreased by 1.2 percentage points compared to the fourth quarter of 2020; among women, it had decreased by 2.1 percentage points.

In 2021, the unemployment rate for men increased by 0.2 percentage points, and decreased by 0.1 percentage point for women.

The figures also show that the unemployment rate was high among university degree holders (unemployed individuals who hold a bachelor’s degree or higher divided by the labor force for the same educational qualification), reaching 27.2 percent.

According to the report, 52.4 percent of the total number of the unemployed were holders of secondary school certificates and above, while 47.0 percent of the total unemployed had educational qualifications below secondary level.

The percentage of unemployed varied according to educational level of genders: unemployment among men holding a bachelor’s degree or higher was 26.0 percent, while among women with the same degree, it stood at 79.2 percent. Unemployment among youngsters in the age group 15-24 stood at 52.1 percent of the total (47.9 percent among males and 70.2 percent among females).

At governorate level, the highest unemployment rate was recorded in Maan governorate, with a rate of 28.1 percent, and the lowest unemployment in Ajloun governorate, at 18.5 percent.

Other statistics were issued by DoS as well.

The economic participation of Jordanian women is still below the desired level, as the revised economic participation rate (the number of economically active women aged 15 years and over divided by the number of women aged 15 years and over) for Jordanian women reached 14 percent in 2021.

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