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

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Inactive population (aged 15 and above) by nationality (Saudi/non-Saudi) and inactivity status (2013)

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  house keeping student/ in training retired/ elderly does not want to work disability/ health reasons Others Total 
Saudis 3,761,702 3,060,120 623,439 23,635 148,283 160,959 7,778,138
non-Saudis 1,125,117 445,048 34,336 11,501 26,614 33,119 1,675,735
Total 4,886,819 3,505,168 657,775 35,136 174,897 194,078 9,453,873

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) 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 employment 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 (, in published form in PDF format. A selection of tables is also available in PDF or Excel format. (website English version) or Arabic version). The technical notes and tables of contents are in Arabic and the tables are in both languages.

Date of access:September 2013.


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