Jobs crisis in the Arab World

The unemployment rate in the MENA region is twice the rate of the global average and is increasing, according to a recent report by the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

According to the ILO Global Employment Trends for Youth Report 2013, the rates in the Middle East and North Africa, 28.3% and 23.7% respectively, are rising and are expected to reach 30% in the Middle East and 24% in North Africa by 2018.

The report also showed that youth and women continue to bear the brunt of joblessness. 42.6% of women in the Middle East are unemployed. This rate is high despite the fact that the women’s labor participation rate is the lowest in the world, at only 13.2% in 2012.

Furthermore, the youth unemployment rate in the Middle East was more than four times that for adults, the largest youth-to-adult unemployment ratio in the world.

Youth Unemployment In Arab World

“In 2012, youth unemployment rates were highest in the Middle East and North Africa, at 28.3 per cent and 23.7 per cent, respectively.”

ILO Global Employment
Trends for Youth,


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