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Unemployed population (aged 15 and above) by nationality (Qatari/ non-Qatari), sex and age group (2010)

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  Males Females Total Males Females Total Males Females Total
15-24 507 1,028 1,535 95 391 486 602 1,419 2,021
25-34 217 820 1,037 538 1,312 1,850 755 2,132 2,887
35-44 78 291 369 78 273 351 156 564 720
45-54 9 61 70 13 77 90 22 138 160
55-64 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
>65 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 811 2,200 3,011 724 2,053 2,777 1,535 4,253 5,788

Source: census 2010, QSA




1. Technical Notes and Definitions


Reference period for census 2010: the night of April 21st, 2010.

Implementation method: census is based on de jure method; i.e. registering people according to their usual place of residence at time of census.

Populations in transit or visiting Qatar as tourists, as well as residents of public housing or visitors staying in a household for less than two months after night of reference were excluded.

Populations away from usual residence in Qatar for reasons of duty, or on a visit abroad for less than two months, as well as individuals with no personal housing within Qatar staying with a household for more than two months, are counted in their usual/ present residence during census night.

Population of reference: all individuals (nationals and non-nationals) present within the State’s borders during time of reference, including in labour camps.


Unemployed population:

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


Qatar Statistics Authority (QSA)



3. Data availability


None of Qatar censuses or other sources have ever disclosed figures of total population broken down by country of citizenship or even by nationality (Qatari/non-Qatari).

For 2010 data have been collected but remain withheld. The census only provides detailed data on population 15 years and above by nationality.

Released parts of census are available on the website of the QSA, in published form in PDF format.

Census 2010′ website:

2010′ census in Excel or PDF format individual tables:


Date of access: June 2013.

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