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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 September 2018

Dubai’s unemployment rate reached 0.5% in 2017, official data shows

The economic participation rate rose to 83.1% last year

The Labour Force Survey is based on a sample of 3,000 resident households resident in Dubai that included 1,500 Emirati households. The 1,500 non Emirate households included 1,000 labour camp workers. EPA/ALI HAIDER
The Labour Force Survey is based on a sample of 3,000 resident households resident in Dubai that included 1,500 Emirati households. The 1,500 non Emirate households included 1,000 labour camp workers. EPA/ALI HAIDER

Dubai’s unemployment rate reached 0.5 per cent last year as the emirate continued to expand its resident workforce, according to the Labour Force Survey 2017 published by Dubai Statistics Centre on Wednesday.

Total employment in Dubai reached 2,778,000 last year, out of which 2,077,603 were resident employees and the remainder non-resident employees who live outside the emirate, the survey showed. It didn’t give a comparative figure for 2016.

“The results of the Labour Force Survey 2017 reflect the flexibility and strength of Dubai’s economy, which has a high employment rate in various sectors,” said Arif Al Muhairi, executive director of Dubai Statistics Centre in a statement.

Dubai’s labour market has added an average of 110,000 workers annually over the last three years, he added.

The rate is considerably lower than last year’s global average unemployment rate of 5.6 per cent, according to the International Labour Organisation.

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The Labour Force Survey is based on a sample of 3,000 resident households in Dubai that included 1,500 Emirati households. The 1,500 non Emirate households included 1,000 labour camp workers.

The overall economic participation rate, or percentage of employed in the total working-age population, increase in 2017 by one percentage point to stand at 83.1 per cent from 2016. Female workers accounted for the lion’s share of the increase, rising 4.3 per cent to 53.6 per cent in 2017 from a year earlier.

Around 27.6 per cent of the labour force work in the construction sector, 17.9 per cent in the wholesale and retail trade sector and 8 per cent in manufacturing, the survey showed.

More than a quarter of employed Emiratis work as technicians and associate professionals, while nearly a quarter of employed non-Emiratis are craftsmen.

“More than a third of Emirati women work in specialised occupations that require high education, skill and competency while 28.7 per cent of Emirati men work as technicians and associate professionals,” according to the survey.

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