Unemployment Among Arabs Soars

Published March 9th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

The number of unemployed workers in the Arab world rose by 500,000 last year, according to figures from the Arab Labor Organization.  


Al Bayan daily reports that the current number of unemployed increased from 12 million to 12.5 million, with the majority being young people entering the labor force for the first time. The Arab labor force is estimated at 89 million and is expected to top 123 million in 10 years. According to the ALO, each year 2.5 million people enter the labor market in the Arab World. Unemployment among the young in Egypt reaches 78.4 percent, in Syria 68 percent, in Jordan 58 percent, in Tunisia 54.5 percent and 40 percent in Algeria and Morocco.  

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