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Unemployed population (aged 15 and above) by nationality (Saudi/ non-Saudi), sex and marital status (2013)

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  Saudis     Non-Saudis     Total  
males females total males females total males females total
Never married 226,441 162,332 388,773 8,285 4,000 12,285 234,726 166,332 401,058
Married 36,733 192,724 229,457 3,900 6,330 10,230 40,633 199,054 239,687
Divorced 2,197 8,117 10,314 0 0 0 2,197 8,117 10,314
Widower 54 446 500 0 452 452 54 898 952
Total 265,425 363,619 629,044 12,185 10,782 22,967 277,610 374,401 652,011

Source: Labour Force Survey 2013 (Round 1)




1. Technical Notes and Definitions


Sampling frame of LFS 2013 Round 1: Population Census 2010.

Sample size: 33500 households

Reference period: January 13th-February 5th, 2013

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) Household and household members: A person or group of persons, related or not related, who share housing and food.

Servants, drivers and similar categories are considered to be part of the household if they live in the same housing unit.


(b) Unemployed person: A person aged 15 years and over who did not work during the reference week, was able and ready to work and had been actively looking for work during the last four weeks, but did not find any.

Unemployment refers to people who during the reference period: Are without work, available to work and actively seeking work

Reference period for seeking work: The latest full calendar month preceding the period of data collection

Reference period for availability for work: The seven days preceding the period of data collection


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 (, in published form in PDF format. A selection of tables is also available in PDF or Excel format. (website English version) or (website Arabic version). The technical notes and tables of contents are in Arabic and the tables are in both languages.

Date of access: September 2013.

Since 2007, Statistical Yearbooks have introduced a section on “Labour Statistics”, which presents a selection of tables from Manpower Surveys.

Date of access: May 2013.


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