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Unemployed population (aged 15 and above) seeking employment by nationality (Qatari/ non-Qatari), sex and education level (2012)

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  Males Females Total Males Females Total Males Females Total
Primary 108 233 341 103 197 300 211 430 641
Preparatory 180 344 524 209 297 506 389 641 1,030
Secondary 252 750 1,002 371 743 1,114 623 1,493 2,116
Pre.U. Diploma 36 49 85 48 0 48 84 49 133
University and above 171 463 634 147 1,777 1,924 318 2,240 2,558
Total 747 1,839 2,586 878 3,014 3,892 1,625 4,853 6,478




1. Technical Notes and Definitions


Sampling frame of LFB 2012: Population Census 2010.

Sample size: 6895 households and 37629 individuals from: 1- Qatari households; 2- Non-Qatari regular (non-collective) households; 3- Non-Qatari small collective households (2 – 6 persons); 4- Non-Qatari large collective households (7 persons or more).

Reference period for data collection: April 2012.

Reference period for the labor force data: the week prior to the reference period for data collection (April 2012).

Population of reference: all Qatari and non-Qatari households present in Qatar on the night of survey, living in normal and collective households.

The collective households are a group of persons not related to each other and sharing living conditions in a residential unit, I.e. labor camps, students living boarding schools, nurses in hospitals… etc. The survey covered the small collective households (includes less than 7 persons) and large collective households (includes 7 persons or more).

The survey did not cover short periods accommodation, i.e. hotels.


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


The Statistics Authority conducted the first labor Force Sample Survey in 2001. Starting from 2006, the execution of these surveys came to be on annual basis.

Most Labour Force Surveys and publications related to the labour force are available on QSA’s website, in PDF format and can be downloaded from:

Annual Bulletin of the Labour Force survey 2012 is available in PDf and Excel formats:


See also Qatar Information Exchange, an interactive data base compiling data on the labour force taken from available surveys:


Date of access: September 2013.


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