Unemployment down 2.2% in 2022 Q1

Department of Statistics
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AMMAN — Jordan’s unemployment rate fell by 2.2 percent in the first quarter of the current year 2022, to 22.8 percent, compared to the same quarter of last year, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

In its quarterly report on the unemployment rate, the Department of Statistics said on Monday that the unemployment rate among men stood at 20.5 percent in the first quarter of this year, compared to 31.5 percent among women. Compared to the first quarter of last year, the unemployment rate among men fell by 3.7 percentage points while it grew by 3.0 percentage points among women.

Men unemployment fell by 0.9 percentage points in the first quarter of this year compared to the fourth quarter of last year, while unemployment among women rose by 0.8 percentage points.

The unemployment rate among university degree holders went up to 26.6 percent; 52.3 percent of the overall jobless hold secondary school diplomas or higher, while 47.1 percent have educational credentials lower than secondary school. A gender breakdown of figures shows that 24.6 percent of men holding a bachelor’s degree or higher are unemployed, compared to 78.7 percent women with similar degrees.

At governorate level, Mafraq Governorate has the highest unemployment rate, 28.7 percent, while Zarqa Governorate has the lowest unemployment rate, 19.2 percent.

Of the total population aged 15 and older, 25.7 percent is employed; of these, 59.4 percent are men aged 20 to 39 years and 60.3 percent in the same age bracket are women.

There is considerable disparity in the distribution of the workforce by educational level and gender, with 59.2 percent of the entire men labor force having less than secondary education, compared to 11.1 percent among women; 71.2 percent of all the women in the workforce hold a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared to 24.7 percent of the men.

In the first quarter of this year, the revised economic participation rate (the labor force attributed to the population 15 years and older) stood at 33.2 percent (53.2 percent for men versus 13.7 percent for women), compared to 34.5 percent (54.8 percent for males and 14.0 percent for females) in the same quarter last year.

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