Jordan’s Unemployment Rate Rises to 18.6%

[03-12-2018 06:23 AM]

Ammon News - AMMONNEWS - The unemployment rate in Jordan for the third quarter of this year has reached 18.6 percent, with an increase of 0.1 percent compared to the same period of 2017, according to a report issued by the Jordanian Statistics Department.

The report released on Sunday noted that the unemployment rate among men was 16.3 percent, compared to 27.1 percent among women during the period of the study. This indicates that unemployment among men increased by 0.9 percentage points, while it decline among women by 2.8 percentage points, compared to the third quarter of 2017.

The report also said that unemployment was high among holders of bachelor’s or higher degrees in comparison with other educational levels.

The results indicated that 58.2 percent of unemployed people hold a secondary education certificate or a higher degree.

Among males, who hold an undergraduate degree or higher, the rate of unemployment reached 28.1 percent, while among females it stood at 80.1 percent.

The age group which recorded the highest rate of unemployment was 15-19 years, with a rate of 46.9 percent, followed by 20-24 years, for which the rate stood at 37.7 percent, according to the Jordanian Statistics Department.

At the geographic level, Madaba topped Jordan’s governorates in unemployment with a rate of 24.9 percent, while Karak recorded the lowest rate of 13.3 percent.

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