Bahraini Minister of Labor Abdul-Nabi Al-Shaaleh recently stated that there are 12,120 locals currently unemployed in Bahrain, reported Al-Sharq Al-Awsat daily. Nevertheless, only 9,708 of those unemployed have applied for unemployment benefits.
Of those making a claim at the Labor office, only 5,142 actually received the compensation, reaching 100 Bahrain Dinars ($265) for a married unemployed person, and BD 70 ($185) for those unwed.
The Bahraini population is estimated at 680,000, of which nearly 40 percent are foreigners. Head of the Bahraini Labor Training Institute, Naji Mahdi, stated that over 41,800 new workers had joined the local labor market over the past ten years. The size of the local labor force grew to 132,400 workers in January 2001, up from 90,700 workers in January of 1991.
Mahdi added that although the labor force was growing steadily, he expected the rate of unemployment in Bahrain to reach 18.5 percent in the year 2001. ― (MENA Report)
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