Gulf Labour Markets, Migration, and Population (GLMM) Programme

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Inactive population (aged 15 and above) by citizenship (Saudi/non-Saudi) and inactivity status (2007; 2009; 2012)

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    house keeping student retired self sufficient disabled Others Total 
  2007 3.445.036 2.599.134 483.344 50.432 134.898 357.619 7.070.463
Saudis 2009 3.617.265 2.945.067 536.150 15.024 93.871 297.098 7.504.475
  2012 3.707.141 3.078.397 612.495 38.656 123.229 307.720 7.867.638
  2007 734.648 289.937 4.118 4.337 16.584 46.525 1.096.149
non-Saudis 2009 747.284 344.056 4.611 2.089 12.235 33.911 1.144.186
  2012 992.747 408.737 14.353 14.591 20.696 49.164 1.500.288
  2007 4.179.684 2.889.071 487.462 54.769 151.482 404.144 8.166.612
Total 2009 4.364.549 3.289.123 540.761 17.113 106.106 331.009 8.648.661
  2012 4.699.888 3.487.134 626.848 53.247 143.925 356.884 9.367.926

Source: Manpower Surveys, 2077 (Round 1); 2009; 2012 (Round 1)

 

 

ANNEXED NOTE

 

1. Technical Notes and Definitions

 

Manpower Sampling  Sample size  
Surveys frame (households) Reference period
2007 Census 23.000 February 19th-March 20th, 2007
2009 2004 23.000 July 24th-August 22nd, 2009
2012  R1 Census 2010 29.000 January 25th-February 17th, 2012

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) Person out of the labour force: A person aged 15 years and over who is not included in the labour force, among which: the persons staying home for domestics activities, the students, the retired, the self-sufficients,

the ones unable to enrol in labour, who are not working and do not look for a job for any other reason.

 

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 (http://www.cdsi.gov.sa/), in published form in PDF format. A selection of tables is also available in PDF or Excel format.

https://www.stats.gov.sa/en/814 (website English version) or https://www.stats.gov.sa/ar/814 (website Arabic version). The technical notes and tables of contents are in Arabic and the tables are in both languages.

Date of access: May 2013.

 

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