Unemployment at 19.2% in Q2

[9/1/2019 3:08:38 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Unemployment rate in Jordan increased to reach 19.2 percent during the second quarter of 2019, up by 0.5 percent, according to a report released by the Department of Statistics (DoS) Sunday.

The report indicates that unemployment among males increased by 0.5 percentage points in the second quarter of 2019 to reach 17 percent, while among females the rate rose by 0.4 percentage points compared with the same quarter of 2018 to reach 17 percent.

In comparison with other levels of educational qualifications, the report notes that unemployment is particularly high among holders of bachelor’s degrees or higher, reaching 25.9 percent of the workforce.

The results indicate that 56 percent of unemployed people hold a secondary education certificate or a higher qualification.

Among males who hold an undergraduate degree or higher, the rate of unemployment reached 30 percent, while among females it stood at 84 percent.

The age group which recorded the highest rate of unemployment was 15-19 year old, with a rate of 46 percent, followed by 20-24 years of age, for which the rate stood at 40 percent, according to the DoS.

At the governorates level, Madaba topped the Kingdom’s governorates with the highest unemployment rate at 25 percent, while Karak recorded the lowest rate at 15 percent.

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