From high to slightly higher: more Jordanians are unemployed
The unemployment rate for the third quarter of 2013 stood at 14 per cent, compared with 13.1 per cent during the same period in 2012, a report by the Department of Statistics (DoS) said on Monday.
The 0.9 per cent increase in the rate represents the highest over the past four years, the report said, adding that unemployment among men stood at 11.3 per cent compared with 26.8 per cent among women.
The unemployment rate in the Kingdom rose during the first quarter of 2013 to 12.8 per cent, compared with 11.4 per cent during the same period of 2012, according to official figures.
In the second quarter, it dropped to 12.6 per cent compared with 11.6 per cent during the same period last year.
The survey results also showed that the unemployment rate was high among university graduates, standing at 20.6 per cent.
According to DoS, 0.5 per cent of the jobless are illiterate, while those who did not complete high school constituted 36.8 per cent.
Unemployment was concentrated among the 15-19 and 20-24 age brackets, standing at 37.9 per cent and 34.9 per cent respectively, compared with 36.1 per cent and 30.1 per cent respectively last year, according to the DoS report, which also showed that 31.6 per cent of the population aged above 15 are employed.
The highest unemployment rate was recorded in the southern governorate of Aqaba, where it stood at 20.3 per cent, while the lowest rate was registered in Zarqa Governorate, where it reached 9.8 per cent, according to DoS figures.
The survey, which is conducted quarterly by DoS, covered a sample of 13,000 households from across the Kingdom and was carried out over a period of four weeks.