Jordan unemployment rises in 2018

Jordan

Published: 2018-06-03 13:39

Last Updated: 2018-06-03 15:51


The unemployment rate in Jordan reached 18.4% in the first quarter of 2018. (National Debt Advisors)
The unemployment rate in Jordan reached 18.4% in the first quarter of 2018. (National Debt Advisors)
Roya News Source

Jordanians have been protesting against high taxes and the increase in commodity prices since Wednesday, and it’s all for good reason.

A new report by the Department of Statistics revealed that the unemployment rate in Jordan reached 18.4% in the first quarter of 2018; that’s a 0.2% increase from the same period last year.

The unemployment rate for males during the first quarter of 2018 registered at 16.0%, compared to 27.8% for females.

Statistics have also shown that the unemployment rate was high amongst university graduates, standing at 24.1% when compared to other educational levels.

Meanwhile, 54.6% of the total unemployed were high school and university graduates, while 45.4% of the total unemployed did not go beyond secondary school education.

At the Governorate level, the highest unemployment rate was recorded in Ma'an at 21.9%, and the lowest rate was recorded in Karak at 15.9%.

As for those who do have jobs, the report showed that 29.8% of the total working population is aged 15 years and over, with 59.7% of those male employees and 63.9% of those female employees being aged between 20-39 years.

Half of those employed did not have qualifications higher than secondary school level, while 9.5% were high school diploma holders, and 38.7% of them were university graduates.