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Saudi Arabia: Population aged 15 and above by nationality (Saudi/non-Saudi), age group and activity status (May 2015)

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Age      In the labour force               Out of the labour force          Total      
group Saudis non-Saudis Total Saudis non-Saudis Total Saudis non-Saudis Total
19-15 38,845 27,125 65,970 2,076,630 464,789 2,541,419 2,115,475 491,914 2,607,389
24-20 545,907 236,555 782,462 1,498,940 228,906 1,727,846 2,044,847 465,461 2,510,308
29-25 1,144,313 524,226 1,668,539 725,499 183,653 909,152 1,869,812 707,879 2,577,691
34-30 1,047,261 989,932 2,037,193 599,953 239,159 839,112 1,647,214 1,229,091 2,876,305
39-35 897,193 1,444,411 2,341,604 532,936 295,615 828,551 1,430,129 1,740,026 3,170,155
44-40 701,875 1,214,637 1,916,512 483,202 270,670 753,872 1,185,077 1,485,307 2,670,384
49-45 523,823 847,055 1,370,878 452,048 139,956 592,004 975,871 987,011 1,962,882
54-50 340,315 531,380 871,695 426,042 68,881 494,923 766,357 600,261 1,366,618
59-55 203,902 310,000 513,902 392,163 50,957 443,120 596,065 360,957 957,022
64-60 69,690 142,295 211,985 355,386 53,193 408,579 425,076 195,488 620,564
65+ 78,439 53,030 131,469 689,222 84,022 773,244 767,661 137,052 904,713
Total 5,591,563 6,320,646 11,912,209 8,232,021 2,079,801 10,311,822 13,823,584 8,400,447 22,224,031

source: Labour Force Survey 2015 (Round 1).
ANNEXED NOTE

1. Technical Notes and Definitions

Sampling frame of LFS 2015 Round 1: Population Census 2010.
Sample size: 33500 households
Reference period: May 2015.
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 domestic 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 (https://www.stats.gov.sa/en), in PDF format. Tables are also sometimes available in Excel format.
https://www.stats.gov.sa/en/814 (website English version)
https://www.stats.gov.sa/ar/814
The technical notes and tables of contents are displayed in the PDF version, in Arabic only. The tables are in both languages.
Since 2007, Statistical Yearbooks have introduced a section on “Labour Statistics”, which presents a selection of tables from Manpower Surveys.
https://www.stats.gov.sa/en/46

Date of access: October 2015.

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