According to a recent government report, more than nineteen thousand Kuwaitis are currently unemployed, nearly eighty percent of whom are women, a local daily reported yesterday.
The report, released by the Central Statistical Office and obtained by Al-Qabas, indicates that unemployment rates have dropped in 2012 compared to 2011 by 7%, with 19061 people unemployed as of April 20th compared to 20573 on the same date last year. The report further shows a 17.1% decline in the
average number of unemployed male citizens, which dropped from 4725 in 2011 to 3918 in 2012. On the other hand, the report indicates that the number of unemployed female citizens, as of April 20, 2012, reached 15143, forming 79.4% of the total unemployed, compared to 20.6% for their male counterparts.
Women's unemployment has dropped by 4.4%, however, compared to 2011 when it reached 15848. Regarding age groups, the report shows that 51.4% of unemployed citizens are aged between 20 and 29, while 69.3% are ages 20 to 39. The percentage shows a slight improvement from 2011, which recorded a 53.7% unemployment rate for the 20 to 29 age group, and 71.9% for the 20-49 age group, respectively.
In the meantime, the report indicates that the average number of citizens who have been unemployed for 12 months or more has increased from 53.9% in 2011 to 60.5% in 2012. On the other hand, the average number of citizens unemployed for less than 12 months dropped from 46.1% to 39.5%.
The report also detailed how 59.8% of unemployed citizens have only elementary or middle school educations, with many lacking academic qualifications entirely. In addition, it shows that some 49.7% lack sufficient professional training.
According to the report, involuntary unemployment accounts for 2.6% of the total unemployment rate, which includes nearly 9588 citizens: 2809 males (1.4%) and 6779 females (4.4%).