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Economically inactive population (15 years and above) by nationality (Qatar/non-Qatari) and sex (2006 – 2013)

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Qataris Non-Qataris Total
  Males Females Total Males Females Total Males Females Total
2006 21,241 41,176 62,417 13,306 54,979 68,285 34,547 96,155 130,702
2007 22,410 42,604 65,014 16,387 63,704 80,091 38,797 106,308 145,105
2008 25,450 45,108 70,558 20,669 78,005 98,674 46,119 123,113 169,232
2009 27,202 46,814 74,016 19,784 83,417 103,201 46,986 130,231 177,217
2010* 24,559 47,616 72,175 22,364 96,341 118,705 46,923 143,957 190,880
2011 28,675 52,857 81,532 21,332 92,446 113,778 50,007 145,303 195,310
2012 26,427 54,399 80,826 26,568 102,085 128,653 52,995 156,484 209,479
2013 26,302 58,802 85,104 27,282 114,623 141,905 53,584 173,425 227,009

Source: Labour Force Sample Surveys, 2006 to 2009 and 2011 to 2013; *: census 2010


1. Technical Notes and Definitions

Census 2010:
Reference period for census 2010: the night of April 21st, 2010.
Implementation method: census is based on de jure method; i.e. registering people according to their usual place of residence at time of census.
Populations in transit or visiting Qatar as tourists, as well as residents of public housing or visitors staying in a household for less than two months after night of reference were excluded.
Populations away from usual residence in Qatar for reasons of duty, or on a visit abroad for less than two months, as well as individuals with no personal housing within Qatar staying with a household for more than two months, are counted in their usual/ present residence during census night.
Population of reference: all individuals (nationals and non-nationals) present within the State’s borders during time of reference, including in labour camps.

Labour force Sample Surveys:
The Statistics Authority conducted the first labor Force Sample Survey in 2001. Starting from 2006, the execution of these surveys came to be on annual basis. In 2013, the Survey was conducted on a quarterly basis.

Labor Force Sampling Sample size Reference
Sample Surveys frame (households) individuals period
2006 based on independent samples drawn from distinct frames of specially constructed PSUs 5,492 31,439 March 2006
2007 nd 5,492 31,439 October 2007
2008 nd 6,104 nd December 2008
2009 nd 6,109 35,839 October 2009
2011 nd 6,920 35,839 March 2011
2012 Census 2010 6,895 37,629 April 2012
2013 Census 2010 8,342 55,771 Quarterly

Reference period for the labor force data: the week prior to the reference date for data collection.
Population of reference: all Qatari and non-Qatari households of the following types: i. Qatari households; ii. Non-Qatari households; iii. Small labor gatherings; iv. Large labor gatherings, present in Qatar on the night of survey/ periods of reference
The collective households are a group of persons not related to each other and sharing living conditions in a residential unit, I.e. labor camps, students living boarding schools, nurses in hospitals… etc. The survey covered the small collective households (includes less than 7 persons) and large collective households (includes 7 persons or more).
The survey did not cover short periods accommodation, i.e. hotels.

Inactive population:
Full-time student: The person (15 years or older) enrolled in any educational institution as a full-time persistent student with purpose of attaining an academic degree, irrespective of whether the schooling hours are in the morning or evening. Any trainee enrolled in vocational training institutes is regarded as a full-time student.
Full-time housewife: The female (15 years or older) who is fully engaged in home management and family care, and does not practice any other work
Retired: The person who does not look for a job during the week preceding the survey and gets a fixed pension for work he/she had joined before
Disabled: The person (15 years or older) who is not capable of work due to illness, handicap or old age.
Others: Those able to work but not willing to, not enrolled in education, as well as any other cases encountered by the enumerator other than the above mentioned.

2. Institution which provides data

Qatar Statistics Authority (QSA)
( for website in English; for website in Arabic)

3. Data availability

Labour Force Surveys and publications related to the labour force are available on QSA’s website, in PDF format and can be downloaded from:
Annual Bulletin of the Labour Force survey 2012 is available in PDf and Excel formats:
Labour Force survey 2013 is available in Excel format as part of the Annual Abstract 2014:
See also Qatar Information Exchange, an interactive data base compiling data on the labour force taken from available surveys:

Last date of access: June 2014

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