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Kuwait: Population in the labour force aged 15 and above by nationality group and sector of economic activity (2018)

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Kuwaitis Non-Kuwaitis Total labour force
Arabs Asians Africans Europeans N. Americans S. Americans Aus.- Oceanians Total non-Kuwaitis
Agriculture, hunting and forestry 451 16,286 42,230 620 22 9 2 2 59,171 59,622
Fishing 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Mining and quarrying 334 974 585 17 2 2 0 0 1,580 1,914
Manufacturing 4,476 42,110 104,430 563 277 188 51 16 147,635 152,111
Electricity, gas and water supply 5 99 332 2 1 2 0 0 436 441
Construction 17,573 145,598 271,965 1,153 2,086 3,594 182 155 424,733 442,306
Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles, motorcycles and personal and household goods 14,762 171,997 229,811 1,415 2,056 1,666 188 151 407,284 422,046
Hotels and restaurants 1,566 36,062 71,513 755 485 135 59 8 109,017 110,583
Transport, storage and communication 2,686 28,595 39,563 314 119 92 5 4 68,692 71,378
Financial intermediation 8,209 7,432 6,172 140 148 173 14 21 14,100 22,309
Real estate, renting and business activities 22,527 63,555 94,355 679 837 1,679 85 91 161,281 183,808
Public administration
and defence; compulsory social security
338,940 73,863 51,800 417 1,383 967 110 69 128,609 467,549
Education 2,069 15,215 7,913 505 1,802 1,352 84 151 27,022 29,091
Health and social work 688 7,754 12,685 34 463 119 18 12 21,085 21,773
Other community, social and personal service activities 2,594 24,725 75,368 1,155 481 357 41 24 102,151 104,745
Private households with employed persons 84 3,789 617,287 35,897 30 4 7 0 657,014 657,098
Extra-territorial organizations and bodies 4 189 189 54 46 1 8 0 487 491
Not Stated   8,354 28,333 38,615 243 374 139 44 18 67,766 76,120
Total 425,324 666,576 1,664,813 43,963 10,612 10,479 898 722 2,398,063 2,823,387

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.

The Biduns, stateless persons living in the Emirate, are counted with the non-nationals.

Data refer to the population employed and unemployed, registered in the three sectors of employment (public, private, domestic)
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.

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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