2006 News Story

Saudi unemployment over 9%

A study conducted in May by the General Statistics Department shows that unemployment among Saudis is at 9.1% for males and 26.3% for females.  Labor Minister Dr. Ghazi al-Qusaibi said the results emphasize the need for continual job creation, but he emphasized that the high number does not reflect the prosperous state of the economy.   Dr. Al-Qusaibi vowed to intensify the ministry’s efforts toward Saudization of jobs in the private sector.