Bahrain jobless rate increases 16% in Q2

Around 81% of those unemployed in the Gulf state were women - Labour ministry
Bahrain jobless rate increases 16% in Q2
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By Shane McGinley
Mon 12 Aug 2013 09:16 AM

The unemployment rate in Bahrain rose nearly 17 percent in the second quarter of 2013, compared to the first quarter of the year, government officials said.

The total number of people classed as jobless in Bahrain at the end of June was 9,012, up from 7,718 at the end of March, representing a quarter-on-quarter rise of 16.7 percent.

Of those unemployed 1,640 were males and 7,372 were females.

Bahraini Labour Minister Jameel Humaidan put the rise down to a large number of university graduates entering the labour force at the end of the academic year, which coincides with the end of the second quarter, Gulf Daily News reported.

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