Labor Ministry reveals how Egypt's unemployment rate slashed by half over 1 decade



Sun, 19 May 2024 - 02:32 GMT


Sun, 19 May 2024 - 02:32 GMT

CAIRO – 19 May 2024: The Ministry of Labor released a report Sunday to showcase how the unemployment rate fell from 13 percent in 2014 to 6.9 percent in 2024 pointing out that 7,240,077 men and women got employed during that period.


The report clarified that 3,032,567 found jobs internally, while the rest are working abroad. The ministry has helped them with job hunting as it publishes on its website job listings on behalf of the private sector updating them every 15 days, and organizes employment fairs.


As for those who aimed for jobs abroad, they resorted to firms licensed by the ministry to connect foreign employers with Egyptian workers. They also sought assistance from the ministry itself as it has nine bureaus carrying out that mission in countries having a total of five million Egyptian employees out of over 14 million living abroad.  


The Ministry of Labor had indicated in a press statement earlier in May that 94,811 disabled individuals had been employed between 2014 and January 2023, while the figure - starting that date until present - is 14,000.


The number of disabled citizens amounts to 12 million, composing 15 percent of the Egyptian population. Fourty-four percent are employed. Regarding disabled females in specific, the employment rate is 17 percent, while the illiteracy rate is 70 percent.


Sixty-seven percent of disabled cases are caused by consanguineous marriages. The percentage of the disabled among low-income citizens and others segments is 18 percent and 14 percent, respectively. Also, 22.9 percent of the disabled suffer from food insecurity, compared to 13.8 percent among the non-disabled.  



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