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Degree of employment informality in Egypt 2019, by sector

In 2019, the share of employment outside of establishments in Egypt was at roughly 45.1 percent. As of the same year, agriculture was the sector with the highest informality with up to 95.6 of the employment in that sector falling outside of establishments. Moreover, three other sectors showed relatively high informality surpassing 80 percent, namely, construction, household activities, and transportation and storage. The three sectors showing the lowest employment in the shadow economy are financial intermediaries, social services, along with the electricity sector.

Share of employment in the informal sector in Egypt in 2019, by sector

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January 2021



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Supplementary notes

Data used in the calculation is from CAPMAS 2017/18 latest establishments census.

Proxy for informality is percentage of employment outside establishments.

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