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Working age population by nationality (Saudi/non-Saudi), sex and activity status (2002; 2007; 2012)

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  Activity status  In the labour Force     Out of the Labour Force     Total      
year   Male Female Total Male Female Total Male Female Total
  Saudis 2.559.360 460.786 3.020.146 1.427.869 3.765.464 5.193.333 3.987.229 4.226.250 8.213.479
2002 Non-Saudis 2.566.431 431.851 2.998.282 246.192 722.603 968.795 2.812.623 1.154.454 3.967.077
  Total 5.125.791 892.637 6.018.428 1.674.061 4.488.067 6.162.128 6.799.852 5.380.704 12.180.556
  Saudis 3.228.840 660.637 3.889.477 1.791.603 4.359.533 6.151.136 5.020.443 5.020.170 10.040.613
2007 R1 Non-Saudis 3.536.929 600.077 4.137.006 202.950 748.739 951.689 3.739.879 1.348.816 5.088.695
  Total 6.765.769 1.260.714 8.026.483 1.994.553 5.108.272 7.102.825 8.760.322 6.368.986 15.129.308
  Saudis 3.760.573 935.327 4.695.900 2.048.850 4.898.860 6.947.710 5.809.423 5.834.187 11.643.610
2012  R1 Non-Saudis 5.085.230 698.758 5.783.988 274.577 1.140.336 1.414.913 5.359.807 1.839.094 7.198.901
  Total 8.845.803 1.634.085 10.479.888 2.323.427 6.039.196 8.362.623 11.169.230 7.673.281 18.842.511

Source: Manpower Surveys 2002; 2007 Round 1; 2012 Round 1.

 

ANNEXED NOTE

 

1. Technical Notes and Definitions

  sampling  sample size  
Survey frame (households) reference period
2002 Census 1992 15.000 April 2002
2007  R1 Census 2004 23.000 February 19th-March 20th, 2007
2012  R1 Census 2010 29.000 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) Working age population: the population aged 15 to 60 (retirement age for Saudis), even though (as of mid-2013) there is no maximum working age on foreign nationals.

 

(b) Person in the labour force: a person aged 15 years and over, employed or unemployed. Here, concerned population is aged 15 to 60 years.

 

(c) Person out of the labour force: A person aged 15 years and over who is not included in the labour force, among which: the persons staying home for domestics activities, the students, the retired, the self sufficients,

the ones unable to enrol in labour, who are not working and do not look for employment for any other reason. Here, concerned population is aged 15 to 60 years.

 

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 (http://www.cdsi.gov.sa/), in published form in PDF format. A selection of tables is also available in PDF or Excel format.

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.

Date of access: May 2013.

 

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