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Qatar's workforce growth slows amid global downturn

Labour force sees 7.9% growth compared to more than 40% growth in 2008.

Qatar's workforce growth slows amid global downturn
CONSTRUCTION SLOWDOWN: Despite the impact of the global crisis, construction jobs still dominated Qatars workforce numbers.

The rate of growth of Qatar's foreign and local workforce slowed down in 2009 as the global financial crisis started to impact, new figures have shown.

According to the Labour Force Sample Survey, released by the Qatar Statistical Authority (QSA), the labour force grew by 7.9 percent in 2009 compared to 2008, reaching 1.26m by the end of the year.

This represents an increase of 93,000 people but the data showed a drastic fall in the annual growth rate compared to 2008 which saw a growth of 40.8 percent, The Peninsula reported on Monday.

“The survey indicates the strong and continuous growth of the labour force in Qatar. The massive infrastructural and development projects in the country continue to attract a large number of foreign workforce,” Sheikh Hamad bin Jabor Bin Jassim Al Thani, acting president of QSA told the paper.

He said the growth rate in 2009 was significant, especially when viewed in the backdrop of the global economic meltdown.

According to the survey, 52 percent of the economically active population are based in the Doha Municipality.

The highest number of the workforce were employed in the construction sector — 44 percent — while the mining and manufacturing sector accounts for 14 percent.

Nearly 83 percent of expats were employed in the private sector, while only 4.7 percent of the Qataris worked in the private sector.

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