Saudi Gazette reports that Saudi women are greatly expanding their presence in the workplace. According to statistics released by the Ministry of Labor, the number of women with jobs has increased 330% over the period 2009-2012 and now totals 208K.

The Ministry also states that unemployment in Saudi Arabia is at 6.1% for men and 35.7% for women, averaging to 12.2%. That seems rather low to me. Sources other than the Ministry put unemployment considerably higher.

Saudi women in private sector up by 330%
Saudi Gazette report

RIYADH — The number of Saudi women employed by the private sector has gone up from 48,406 in 2009 to 208,174 in 2012, an increase of about 330 percent, a local daily said this week quoting informed sources.

The sources said the number of Saudi men employed by the same sector has gone up by about 47 percent over the same period.

Meanwhile, Deputy Labor Minister Mufreh Al-Haqbani said the rate of unemployment among men and women in the Kingdom has reached 12.2 percent.

“About 35.7 percent of Saudi women are unemployed while the rate of unemployment among men reached about 6.1 percent. “This means the average level of unemployment among the Saudi population is now at 12.2 percent,” he said.

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