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GCC: Labour Force Participation Rates by sex in GCC countries (%) (2013-2017)

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2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Bahrain nationals males 64.0 64.1 63.4 63.2 63.2
females 32.2 32.3 32.3 32.2 32.2
non-nationals males 98.1 97.6 97.9 97.8 97.8
females 58.7 57.2 58.2 58.2 58.2
Kuwait nationals males 56.3 54.2 52.6 47.7 47.7
females 40.3 37.6 39.3 30.8 30.8
non-nationals males 84.8 94.2 95.3 95.5 95.5
females 58.6 61.3 65.8 65.5 65.5
Oman nationals males n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a.
females n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a.
non-nationals males n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a.
females n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a.
Qatar nationals males 70.0 68.9 68.6 68.5 68.2
females 34.7 35.0 36.1 36.9 36.7
non-nationals males 97.9 97.8 97.8 98.0 97.6
females 59.0 59.4 64.9 64.6 64.5
Saudi Arabia nationals males 64.6 64.9 63.3 64.6 63.4
females 16.4 17.6 17.4 19.0 19.4
non-nationals males 94.2 93.4 93.7 93.3 94.2
females 31.2 28.7 33.1 22.8 24.2
UAE nationals males n.a. n.a. n.a. 64.1 62.9
females n.a. n.a. n.a. 30.9 32.4
non-nationals males n.a. n.a. n.a. 95.0 94.6
females n.a. n.a. n.a. 54.3 55.9

Sources: national institutes of statistics.
 
1- Definitions and remarks:
Labour Force Participation Rates refer to the percentage of active (employed or unemployed) population aged 15 and above in the category (sex and nationality).
Ex.: 22.8% of foreign women in Saudi Arabia are economically active in 2016 (i.e.: employed or unemployed).

Oman: data not available.

2- Sources of data:
Data is taken from:
GCC Stat. Labour Statistics in GCC Countries 2017, Issue n°5, April 2019.
https://gccstat.org/en/statistic/publications/labor-statistics

Last accessed: December 2019.

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