Unemployment rate declined to 22.9% in Q4 of 2022

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AMMAN — Jordan's unemployment rate stood at 22.9 percent in the last quarter of 2022, marking a slight decline (0.4 percent) compared to the same period of 2021, according to the Department of Statistics (DoS).اضافة اعلان

In its quarterly report on the unemployment rate, issued on Tuesday, the DoS said unemployment among men during the last quarter of 2022 was 20.6 percent (down 0.8 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2021), compared to 31.7 percent for women (down 1.0 percent), the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

Compared to the third quarter of last year, unemployment among men in the last quarter of 2022 witnessed a slight uptick — 0.1 percent — but dropped among women by 1.4 percent, the report showed.

Education and genderThe unemployment rate among university degree holders — those with a bachelor's degree or higher — increased to 28.4 percent during the final quarter of last year.

The data showed that 56.9 percent ofunemployed Jordanians held secondary school diplomas or higher, while 42.7 percent had educational credentials lower than secondary school.

The report revealed a considerable disparity in the distribution of the workforce by education and gender, as 56.9 percent of the entire male labor force did not complete secondary education, compared to 11 percent for females.

The data also indicated that 69.7 percent of the female workforce held a bachelor's degree or higher, compared to 25.6 percent among men.

Meanwhile, 28.3 percent of unemployed men had a bachelor's degree or higher, compared to 79.6 percent of unemployed women.

Governorates and ageOf all the Kingdom’s governorates, Mafraq had the highest unemployment rate at 27 percent, while Amman had the lowest, at 21 percent.

The unemployment rate among those aged 15–24 stood at 47.2 percent in the fourth quarter of last year, according to the DoS data.

Meanwhile, 60.4 percent of male employees fell within the 20–39 age range, and 58.9 percent of women were in the same age group.

For the last quarter of 2022, the revised economic participation rate (the labor force attributed to the population 15 years and older) was 33.7 percent, compared to 33.5 percent in the same quarter of 2021.

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