Unemployment rate in Dubai hits 0.5% in 2017 - survey

Total employment in Dubai reached 2,778,000 last year, according to Dubai Statistics Centre figures
By Sam Bridge
Wed 30 May 2018 07:12 PM

Dubai recorded an unemployment rate of 0.5 percent in 2017, significantly lower than the global average, according to the emirate's statistics centre.

Total employment in Dubai reached 2,778,000 last year, out of which emirate’s resident workforce numbered 2,077,603 while its non-resident workforce - residing outside Dubai - totalled over 700,000.

Arif Al Muhairi, executive director of Dubai Statistics Centre, said over the last three years, Dubai’s labour market has added an average of 110,000 people annually to its resident workforce.

He added that the 2017 survey results show that the overall economic participation rate - percentage of employed people in the total working-age population - increased in 2017 by nearly 1 percent to reach 83.1 percent.

Female workers accounted for the largest share of the increase in the economic participation rate, rising 4.3 percent to reach 53.6 percent in 2017.

The economic participation rate of Emiratis increased by 3 percent to reach 51.1 percent, the figures also showed.

The survey results revealed that the composition of the Emirati workforce is markedly different from that of non-Emiratis.

A quarter of employed Emiratis work as technicians and associate professionals (25.7 percent), while about a quarter of employed non-Emiratis are craftsmen (24.1 percent).

The results also showed that 63.3 percent of the total workforce hold a secondary education certificate or higher qualification while 34.1 percent hold a bachelor’s degree or higher qualification.

The survey highlighted that the vast majority of unemployed people in Dubai – 98.8 percent – are in the age group of 20 to 39 years.

The Labour Force Survey was based on a representative sample of 3,000 households in Dubai. The sample included 1,500 Emirati households and 1,500 non-Emirati households. A sample of 1,000 workers from labour camps also participated in the survey.

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Last Updated: Wed 30 May 2018 07:18 PM GST

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