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GCC: Labour Force Participation Rates by sex in GCC countries (%) (2016)

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Males Females Total employed population
nationals non-nationals nationals non-nationals nationals non-nationals
Bahrain 63.2 97.8 32.2 58.2 47.8 87.9
Kuwait 52.9 95.3 39.3 65.8 46.0 85.7
Oman n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a.
Qatar 68.5 98.0 36.9 65.6 52.4 92.5
Saudi Arabia 64.6 93.3 19.0 22.8 42.0 73.1
United Arab Emirates 64.1 95.0 30.9 54.3 47.5 83.5

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 (i.e.: employed or unemployed).

Kuwait: 2015 data.
Oman: data not available.

2- Sources of data:
Data is taken from:
GCC Stat. Labour Statistics in GCC Countries 2016, Issue n°4, March 2018.
https://gccstat.org/images/gccstat/docman/indicators/vital_employed_analysis_2016.xlsx

Last accessed: October 2018.

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