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UAE: Total labour force in the private sector by Emirate (2011-2017)

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Abu Dhabi Dubai Sharjah Ajman Umm Al Quwain Ras Al Khaima Fujairah TOTAL UAE
2011 1,330,735 1,684,199 509,960 172,183 29,354 106,358 73,218 3,906,594
2012 1,358,758 1,769,297 518,857 183,271 29,435 108,788 75,958 4,044,364
2013 1,313,073 1,847,557 502,087 180,267 28,765 105,864 73,620 4,051,233
2014 1,375,743 2,109,399 535,555 198,836 32,467 113,413 79,087 4,444,500
2015 1,434,557 2,311,277 546,632 213,122 35,842 118,411 84,783 4,744,624
2016 1,447,500 2,395,853 565,606 228,264 40,323 123,697 88,610 4,889,853
2017 1,429,000 2,530,000 578,000 241,000 45,000 127,000 90,000 5,040,000

Source: Labour Market Information System, Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE) 
1. Characteristics of data

The figures pertain to the number of workers registered in the UAE’s private sector, with the MoHRE.
The “labour force” includes all economically active individuals in the community, whether they are already working or looking for work (see:

Employed persons: Individuals who are already engaged in productive work: it includes individual who are employed, even if they do not work because of illness or injury,
holiday or for irregular work at the facilities in which they work for temporary or incidental reasons. This category also includes full-time and part-time workers.
Unemployed: Individuals who are able to work and wishing to do so, were still searching jobs during the survey. This category includes the unemployed who never entered the labour market,
and who have previously worked and had to leave their jobs for any reason as a result of labour market conditions.

It is unclear whether or not figures include nationals.
Domestic workers are not included.

2. Institution which provides data 

Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE):

3. Data availability 

The data is taken from the “open data” section of MoHRE website:
Data is available in PDF and Excel formats.

Last date of access: June 2018.

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