Youth unemployment share in the GCC by country 2017

As of 2017, the unemployed youth as a share of the total labor force for those aged 15 to 24 years in Oman was 48.9 percent. In contrast, the share of unemployed you as share of the total labor force in Qatar was only 1.1 percent. In comparison, the average youth unemployment rate in G20 countries is around 18.2 percent.

Median age

The median age of the population in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries ranges from 33.3 years in the United Arab Emirates to 28.3 years in Saudi Arabia. Which is in coherence with the global median age at around 30 years.

Female workforce participation

The labor force participation gender gap in the Middle East and North African countries increases the issue of the high youth unemployment in the region. The female labor force participation in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries is the lowest amongst all Middle East and North African Countries. Which means that only 42 percent of working age women are in employment. In contrast, almost 80 percent of working age women in Jordan are in employment.

Share of unemployed youth in the Gulf Cooperation Council in 2017, by country

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Source

Release date

March 2018

Region

MENA

Survey time period

2017

Age group

15-24 years

Supplementary notes

Under 'Series' select 'Unemployment, youth total (% of total labor force ages 15-24) (modeled ILO estimate)'.

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