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    Tue, 30 October 2018

    Saudi Labor Market Update – Q2 2018

    The latest General Authority for Statistics (GaStat) labor market release for Q2 2018 shows that unemployment rate remained unchanged, at 12.9 percent, for the second consecutive quarter.

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    Wed, 18 July 2018

    Saudi Labor Market Update - Q1 2018

    The latest General Authority for Statistics (GaStat) labor market release for Q1 2018 shows that unemployment rate has inched slightly upwards to 12.9 percent, up from 12.8 for the last two quarters of 2017.

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    Tue, 07 November 2017

    Saudi Labor Market Update - Q2 2017

    In this report, we analyze the latest trends in the labor market in Saudi Arabia during Q2 2017. According to GaStat, Saudi unemployment rose slightly from 12.7 percent in Q1 2017 to 12.8 percent in Q2 2017. In addition, between Q1 and Q2 2017, the Saudization ratio in the local economy increased from 42.5 percent to 43.1 percent, although this was mainly due to more non-Saudis leaving the local labor market rather than higher employment of Saudis.

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    Tue, 13 December 2016

    Saudi labor market update- Q3 2016

    The Saudi labor market continued to point to a high degree of segmentation in Q3 2016, particularly in the employment trends between Saudis and non-Saudis. This has resulted in the Saudi unemployment rate rising despite the economy creating a near record number of job. 

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    Wed, 02 March 2016

    Saudi Labor Market Update: Unemployment and participation fall

    According to data recently released by the General Authority for Statistics (GAS), the Saudi unemployment rate fell slightly from 11.7 percent in 2014 to 11.5 percent in 2015. This fall was mainly attributed to a decline in Saudi labor force participation rather than higher employment growth, as job creation for Saudis have actually slowed during the year. Looking ahead, we expect the private sector to be the main source of new jobs for Saudis, supported by continued labor market reform. 

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