Economy: unemployment in Jordan reached 14% in August

07 October, 15:57

    (ANSAmed) - AMMAN, OCTOBER 7 - Unemployment in Jordan reached 14 percent this year, the highest rate in the past four years, official figures showed today.

    The survey, conducted for the period until end of August this year, showed an increase by one percent from last year's rate, according to department of statistics.

    It also showed that joblessness among women was almost double compared to their male counterparts.

    A significant finding revealed that unemployment among less qualified job seekers reached 36.5 percent.

    Jordanian job seekers have been facing strong completion from expatriates and refugees seeking jobs.

    The government this week said at least 800,000 Egyptians are working illegally and additional 160,000 work with work permits.

    An army of Syrian refugees, whose number is officially put at more than one million are also competing in the local market amid declining foreign investment due to regional turmoil.

    Unofficial figures have placed unemployment in the poor kingdom to 26 percent.(ANSAmed).

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