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Employed population (aged 15 and above) by nationality (Saudi/ non-Saudi), sex and marital status (2013)

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    Saudis     Non-Saudis     Total  
  males females total males females total males females total
Never married 796,696 143,058 939,754 680,199 112,293 792,492 1,476,895 255,351 1,732,246
Married 3,108,204 497,379 3,605,583 4,656,105 512,840 5,168,945 7,764,309 1,010,219 8,774,528
Divorced 35,648 25,628 61,276 14,906 10,725 25,631 50,554 36,353 86,907
Widower 10,707 13,797 24,504 10,917 5,631 16,548 21,624 19,428 41,052
Total 3,951,255 679,862 4,631,117 5,362,127 641,489 6,003,616 9,313,382 1,321,351 10,634,733

Source: Labour Force Survey 2013 (Round 1)




1. Technical Notes and Definitions


Sampling frame of LFS 2013 Round 1: Population Census 2010.

Sample size: 33500 households

Reference period: January 13th-February 5th, 2013

Population of reference: all individuals (nationals and non-nationals) residing in the Kingdom during the period of reference.

The ultimate sampling unit is the household.


(a) Household and household members: A person or group of persons, related or not related, who share housing and food.

Servants, drivers and similar categories are considered to be part of the household if they live in the same housing unit.


(b) Employed person: A person aged 15 years and above who worked during the reference week for at least one hour for pay or profit, or who had a job but were temporarily absent from work.

Employment refers to people who during the reference period:

– worked for one hour or more for wage or salary, in cash or in kind

– worked for one hour or more for profit or family gain, in cash or in kind

– worked for at least 15 hours without pay on a family business or farm

– did volunteer work

Reference period for employment: The seven days preceding the interview date.



2. Institution which provides data


Central Department of Statistics and Information (CDSI), Ministry and Economy and Planning


3. Data availability


Surveys conducted since 1999 are available on the website of the CDSI (, in published form in PDF format. A selection of tables is also available in PDF or Excel format.

The technical notes and tables of contents are in Arabic and the tables are in both languages.

Date of access: September 2013.

Since 2007, Statistical Yearbooks have introduced a section on “Labour Statistics”, which presents a selection of tables from Manpower Surveys.

Date of access: May 2013.


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