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Population aged 15 and above by nationality (Saudi/non-Saudi), sex and activity status (2013)

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Activity status   In the Labour Force     Out of the Labour Force     Total  
  Male Female Total Male Female Total Male Female Total
Saudis 4.216.680 1.043.481 5.260.161 2.352.463 5.425.675 7.778.138 6.569.143 6.469.156 13.038.299
Non-Saudis 5.374.312 652.271 6.026.583 339.319 1.336.416 1.675.735 5.713.631 1.988.687 7.702.318
Total 9.590.992 1.695.752 11.286.744 2.691.782 6.762.091 9.453.873 12.282.774 8.457.843 20.740.617

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) Person in the labour force: a person aged 15 years and over, employed or unemployed.


(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. technical notes and tables of contents are in Arabic and the tables are in both languages.

Date of access: September 2013.

Since 2007, Statistical Yearbooks have introduced a section on “Labour Statistics”, which presents a selection of tables from Manpower Surveys.

Date of access: May 2013.


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