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UAE: Unemployed population by nationality (Emirati/ non-Emirati), sex and Emirate (2005)

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Emirate Unemployment category Emiratis Non-Emiratis Total
Males Females Total Males Females Total
Abu Dhabi Worked before 5,668 406 6,074 4,158 1,158 5,316 11,390
Never worked before 1,972 2,274 4,246 7,796 5,141 12,937 17,183
Dubai Worked before 2,609 553 3,162 2,048 1,188 3,236 6,398
Never worked before 1,549 1,582 3,131 4,280 3,513 7,793 10,924
Sharjah Worked before 1,928 189 2,117 2,154 410 2,564 4,681
Never worked before 1,218 1,247 2,465 8,009 2,678 10,687 13,152
Ajman Worked before 505 43 548 686 87 773 1,321
Never worked before 349 192 541 2,400 545 2,945 3,486
Umm Al Quwain Worked before 260 39 299 167 26 193 492
Never worked before 162 171 333 484 190 674 1,007
Ras AL Khaima Worked before 1,615 107 1,722 541 47 588 2,310
Never worked before 767 1,112 1,879 2,079 384 2,463 4,342
Al Fujairah Worked before 748 39 787 222 28 250 1,037
Never worked before 535 821 1,356 513 196 709 2,065
  Worked before 13,333 1,376 14,709 9,976 2,944 12,920 27,629
Never worked before 6,552 7,399 13,951 25,561 12,647 38,208 52,159

Source: NBS, Ministry of Economy.

ANNEXED NOTE

1. Characteristics of data, definitions and population counting operations in the UAE

The first population census was conducted in 1968 by the Council of Developing Trucial States.
After Independence in 1971, a population census of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi was conducted that same year.
The first general population and establishments census in the UAE was conducted in 1975. It was the first census in the region following scientific standards and international recommendations. The other federal censuses were conducted in 1980, 1985, 1995 and 2005.
Reference days for UAE censuses: 30/12/1975; 15/12/1980, 16/12/1985, 16/12/1995; 29/10/2001; 06/12/2005.
Implementation method: the census was carried out according to de jure methodology, i.e. counting persons using their usual place of residence
Population of reference: Emirati nationals usually residing in the country+all foreign residents holding a valid residence permit+resident GCC nationals (nationals of other GCC states don’t need a permit to stay in the UAE)
Unemployment refers to persons aged 15 years and over who during the reference period: Are without work, available to work and actively seeking work.
Unemployed persons are available to start work in the two weeks following the interview and who had either looked for work in the four weeks prior to the interview or were waiting to start a job they had already found.
The unemployed are divided into two categories: the unemployed who have worked before and the unemployed who have never worked before (the new unemployed).

2010′ federal census was eventually cancelled but the Emirates Identity Authority (EIDA), an independent federal authority established in 2004, is currently in charge of recording all UAE residents, national and expatriates in order to set up a Population Register and an ID card program. The process is stil ongoing.

2. Institution which provides data

National Bureau of Statistics (NBS)

3. Data availability

Population statistics are available on NBS’s website:
http://www.uaestatistics.gov.ae/EnglishHome/tabid/96/Default.aspx
http://www.uaestatistics.gov.ae/Home/tabid/38/Default.aspx

Data are classified by subject and statistical publications are available on PDF or Excel format. Population data disagregated by nationality (Emirati/ non-Emirati) are scarce.
2005′ census data is available at:
http://www.uaestatistics.gov.ae/EnglishHome/ReportsByDepartmentEnglish/tabid/104/Default.aspx?MenuId=1&NDId=365
The present data is taken from:
http://www.uaestatistics.gov.ae/EnglishHome/ReportDetailsEnglish/tabid/121/Default.aspx?ItemId=1869&PTID=104&MenuId=1

Date of access: January 2015.

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