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Qatar: Economically active population aged 15 and above by nationality (Qatari/ non-Qatari), sex and age group (2017)

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Qatari Non-Qatari Total
Males Females Total Males Females Total Males Females Total
15 – 19 2,844 84 2,928 4,064 917 4,981 6,908 1,001 7,909
20 – 24 10,745 5,408 16,153 177,155 33,124 210,279 187,900 38,532 226,432
25 – 29 12,112 7,029 19,141 312,935 39,341 352,276 325,047 46,370 371,417
30 – 34 9,739 9,241 18,980 371,443 59,278 430,721 381,182 68,519 449,701
35 – 39 8,012 4,257 12,269 296,271 49,527 345,798 304,283 53,784 358,067
40 – 44 7,270 5,420 12,690 218,057 33,283 251,340 225,327 38,703 264,030
45 – 49 5,869 2,817 8,686 153,937 11,672 165,609 159,806 14,489 174,295
50 – 54 6,655 1,862 8,517 94,734 6,277 101,011 101,389 8,139 109,528
55 – 59 2,002 672 2,674 53,927 3,932 57,859 55,929 4,604 60,533
60 – 64 1,233 154 1,387 22,189 1,150 23,339 23,422 1,304 24,726
65 + 406 113 519 6,858 487 7,345 7,264 600 7,864
Total 66,887 37,057 103,944 1,711,570 238,988 1,950,558 1,778,457 276,045 2,054,502

Source: Annual Bulletin of Labour Force Sample Survey 2017
 
ANNEXED NOTE
 
1. Technical Notes and Definitions

The data is taken from 2017 Labour Force Survey (yearly synthesis)
Sampling frame of LFS 2017: Population Census 2015.
Sample size: 60,278 persons, in 9,200 households: 1- Qatari households; 2- Non-Qatari regular (non-collective) households;
3- Non-Qatari small collective households or labour gatherings (2 – 6 persons); 4- Non-Qatari large collective households or large labour gatherings (7 persons or more).
Data Collection: The sample was divided into equal parts to collect data monthly.  Each month 1/3 of the quarterly data were collected during the first two weeks of the month.
Reference period for the labour force data: the week prior to data collection day.
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. labour 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.
The present data includes active population, i.e. employed and unemployed. It does not include persons seeking work for the first time

Relation to labour force (for persons aged 15 and above)
In the labour force (= economically active).
1) Employed.
All persons aged 15 years and 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

2. Institution which provides data 

Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics
(http://www.mdps.gov.qa/en/pages/default.aspx)

3. Data availability 
 
The Statistics Authority conducted the first labour Force Sample Survey in 2001. After 2006, surveys were conducted on an annual basis.
After 2013, LFS surveys were conducted on a quarterly basis.
Labour Force Surveys (yearly and quarterly data) can be downloaded from MDPS’s website, in PDF and Excel format:
http://www.mdps.gov.qa/en/statistics1/pages/topicslisting.aspx?parent=Social&child=LaborForce

Last date of access: January 2019.

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