Unemployed population (aged 15 and above) by nationality (Saudi/ non-Saudi), sex and age
source: Labour Force Survey 2012 (Round 1).
1. Technical Notes and Definitions
Sampling frame of LFS 2012 Round 1: Population Census 2010.
Sample size: 29 000 households
Reference period: January 25th-February 17th, 2012
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 (https://www.stats.gov.sa/en), in published form in PDF format. A selection of tables is also available in PDF or Excel format for 2012.
https://www.stats.gov.sa/en/814 (website English version) or https://www.stats.gov.sa/ar/814 (website Arabic version). The technical notes and tables of contents are in Arabic and the tables are in both languages.
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.