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Population aged 15 and above by nationality (Qatari/ non-Qatari), sex and activity status (relation to labor force) (2012)

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    In the labor force Out of the labor force GRAND
    Employed Unemployed Total in  Housewife Student Disabled  Retired  Other Total out of TOTAL
    Seeking work for 1st time   Unpd. with previous employment  labor force labor force
Qatari Males 55.609 615 132 56.356 0 13.687 1.278 10.196 1.266 26.427 82.783
Females 26.992 1.759 80 28.831 25.345 19.799 2.028 5.739 1.488 54.399 83.230
Total 82.601 2.374 212 85.187 25.345 33.486 3.306 15.935 2.754 80.826 166.013
Non-Qatari Males 1.117.577 723 155 1.118.455 0 22.084 2.179 0 2.305 26.568 1.145.023
Females 140.404 2.770 244 143.418 76.217 22.542 1.078 0 2.248 102.085 245.503
Total 1.257.981 3.493 399 1.261.873 76.217 44.626 3.257 0 4.553 128.653 1.390.526
Total Males 1.173.186 1.338 287 1.174.811 0 35.771 3.457 10.196 3.571 52.995 1.227.806
Females 167.396 4.529 324 172.249 101.562 42.341 3.106 5.739 3.736 156.484 328.733
Total 1.340.582 5.867 611 1.347.060 101.562 78.112 6.563 15.935 7.307 209.479 1.556.539

Source: Labour Force Bulletin 2012




1. Technical Notes and Definitions


Sampling frame of LFB 2012: Population Census 2010.

Sample size: 6895 households and 37629 individuals from: 1- Qatari households; 2- Non-Qatari regular (non-collective) households; 3- Non-Qatari small collective households (2 – 6 persons); 4- Non-Qatari large collective households (7 persons or more).

Reference period for data collection: April 2012.

Reference period for the labor force data: the week prior to the reference period for data collection (April 2012).

Population of reference: all Qatari and non-Qatari households present in Qatar on the night of survey, living in normal and collective households.

The collective households are a group of persons not related to each other and sharing living conditions in a residential unit, I.e. labor camps, students living boarding schools, nurses in hospitals… etc. The survey covered the small collective households (includes less than 7 persons) and large collective households (includes 7 persons or more).

The survey did not cover short periods accommodation, i.e. hotels.


Relation to labor force (for persons aged 15 and above)

In the labor force (= economically active):

1) Employed.

All persons aged 15 years an above, who during the week preceding the survey:

a) Perform a work for a wage, salary, profits or household gains, whether it was in cash or in kind.

b) Are temporarily not employed, however, they still have an official relation with their work

2) Unemployed.

All persons aged 15 years and over who were, during the week preceding the survey, without employment, willing to work and looking seriously for a job.

There is a distinction between two kinds of unemployed persons:

a) First time unemployed: They are the persons who never worked previously, and were during the week preceding the survey looking actively for work.

b) Unemployed who previously worked: They are the persons with a work experience, who during the week preceding the survey were actively looking for a job


Outside the labor force (=economically inactive):

Full-time student: The person (15 years or older) enrolled in any educational institution as a full-time persistent student with purpose of attaining an academic degree, irrespective of whether the schooling hours are in the morning or evening. Any trainee enrolled in vocational training institutes is regarded as a full-time student.

Full-time housewife: The female (15 years or older) who is fully engaged in home management and family care, and does not practice any other work

Retired: The person who does not look for a job during the week preceding the survey and gets a fixed pension for work he/she had joined before

Disabled: The person (15 years or older) who is not capable of work due to illness, handicap or old age.

Others: Those able to work but not willing to, not enrolled in education, as well as any other cases encountered by the enumerator other than the above mentioned.




2. Institution which provides data


Qatar Statistics Authority (QSA)



3. Data availability


The Statistics Authority conducted the first labor Force Sample Survey in 2001. Starting from 2006, the execution of these surveys came to be on annual basis.

Most Labour Force Surveys and publications related to the labour force are available on QSA’s website, in PDF format and can be downloaded from:

Annual Bulletin of the Labour Force survey 2012 is available in PDf and Excel formats:


See also Qatar Information Exchange, an interactive data base compiling data on the labour force taken from available surveys:


Date of access: September 2013.


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