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|15 May, 2019

Egypt's unemployment rate drops to 8.1% in Q1 2019 -statistics agency

The number of unemployed stood at 2.267 million out of a total workforce of 27.968 million, CAPMAS said.

Egyptians sit at a street coffee shop around murals of Egyptian characters and symbols downtown in the capital of Cairo, Egypt January 16, 2018.

Egyptians sit at a street coffee shop around murals of Egyptian characters and symbols downtown in the capital of Cairo, Egypt January 16, 2018.

REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

CAIRO- Egypt's unemployment rate dropped to 8.1% in the first quarter of 2019 from 10.6% in same period the previous year, state statistics agency CAPMAS said on Wednesday.

The number of unemployed stood at 2.267 million out of a total workforce of 27.968 million, CAPMAS said.

Unemployment was 8.9% in the fourth quarter of 2018 and 9.9% over the full year in 2018, according to the government.

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(Reporting by Ehab Farouk Writing by Aidan Lewis Editing by Catherine Evans) ((Aidan.Lewis@tr.com; +20-1001174410;))

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