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Kuwait: Employed population aged 15 and above by nationality group, sex and activity sector (2018)

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Government Private Domestic Total
Males Females Total Males Females Total Males Females Total Males Females Total
Kuwaitis 170,481 164,772 335,253 33,708 29,396 63,104 0 0 0 204,189 194,168 398,357
Arabs 48,179 22,069 70,248 545,719 37,719 583,438 3,087 333 3,420 596,985 60,121 657,106
Asians 30,466 19,252 49,718 917,058 87,724 1,004,782 343,628 265,934 609,562 1,291,152 372,910 1,664,062
Africans 379 146 525 5,408 2,676 8,084 2,850 32,500 35,350 8,637 35,322 43,959
Europeans 858 562 1,420 6,347 2,750 9,097 4 6 10 7,209 3,318 10,527
N. Americans 763 174 937 7,134 2,359 9,493 0 0 0 7,897 2,533 10,430
S. Americans 74 23 97 605 172 777 1 3 4 680 198 878
Australians/ Oceanians 60 9 69 497 144 641 0 0 0 557 153 710
Total non-Kuwaitis 80,779 42,235 123,014 1,482,768 133,544 1,616,312 349,570 298,776 648,346 1,913,117 474,555 2,387,672
Grand total 251,260 207,007 458,267 1,516,476 162,940 1,679,416 349,570 298,776 648,346 2,117,306 668,723 2,786,029

Source: PACI
 
ANNEXED NOTE
 
1. Characteristics of data and definitions

The source of data used here is the Public Authority for Civil Information (PACI), an independant government body in charge of :
1- centralising all population and labour force data in order to manage a fully computerised population register
2- issuing mandatory civil identification cards to every resident of the country, regardless of age and nationality.

(a) Kuwaiti: the Kuwaiti nationality rests upon a document of Kuwaiti nationality or a certificate proving Kuwaiti nationality issued by the Ministry of Interior of Kuwait.

(b) Non-Kuwaiti: his/ her nationality is determined by the name of the State having issued the passport. The foreign national also entered Kuwait legally and has a stamp of residence.
The Biduns, stateless persons living in the Emirate, are counted with the non-nationals.

(c) Employed population in the labour force: population aged 15 years and above, in paid employment in the government or private sector, as itinerant worker, or in the domestic sector.

(d) Government sector: any organization of the government (organizations, authority and departments), included within the state budget
(Ministries and government departments; authorities with attached budgets; authorities with independent budgets).

(e) Non-governmental sector: any part of the private sector (a company or an individual) or any authority of the non-governmental sector.

(f) Domestic services sector: the household/ family sector, where the work is associated with the residence and its inhabitants,
their service and their comfort (including maids, nannies, cooks, drivers, etc.).

Note: figures of expatriates may differ slightly between PACI’s various sources of data (database; tabulated data) and topic covered.

2. Institution which provides data 

The Public Authority for Civil Information (PACI)

3. Period of data coverage: December 2018

The database is updated three times a year and the website presents only the most recent data.

4. Data availability 

The statistics section of PACI’s website (“Statistical Reports”) (http://stat.paci.gov.kw/englishreports/ (English); http://stat.paci.gov.kw/arabicreports/ (Arabic))
provides population and socio-economic data broken down by nationality (Kuwaiti/ non-Kuwaiti). Some data are displayed by nationality groups.
Analytical tables and data crosstabulations are available for download in PDF, html, .png and Excel (.csv) formats.

Date of access: February 2019.

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