Unemployment rate in Jordan rises to 23%

Jordan

Published: 2020-09-08 20:05

Last Updated: 2020-09-08 20:05


Unemployment rate in Jordan rises to 23%
Unemployment rate in Jordan rises to 23%

The unemployment rate in Jordan rose to 23% during the second quarter of 2020, up by 3.8% for the same period last year, the Department of Statistics(DoS), announced in a statement, on Tuesday.

The unemployment rate among males in the second quarter of 2020 reached 21.5% compared to 28.6% among females. The rate increased among males by 4.4% and among females by 1.4% compared to the second quarter of 2019, the statement added.

The statement showed that the unemployment rate was high among university graduates (unemployed individuals with a bachelor's degree and higher, divided by the workforce of the same educational qualification), reaching 26.6% compared to other educational levels.

In addition, the results showed that 51.6% of the total jobless were General Secondary School Certificate (Tawjihi) holders and 48.4% of the total unemployed had less than secondary education.

The percentage of unemployed varied according to the educational level and gender, where the highest unemployment rates among individuals with a bachelor's degree and higher were recorded among females by 78.2% compared to 26% among males.

Highest unemployment rate was recorded in two age groups which are: 15 to 19 years old and 20 to 24 years old, with 57.7% and 42.2% respectively.

However, the highest unemployment rate across the country was recorded in Amman by 25.8%, while the lowest unemployment rate was recorded in Karak by 14.7%.