Jeddah — The Saudi construction sector has been the worst hit due to the exodus of expat workers during the first three months of 2018, according to a new labor market report released this month.

“Between Q4 2017 and Q1 2018, about 221,000 foreign workers left the labor market. All sectors saw a drop in the number of foreign workers, with construction losing the biggest number, at about 126,000 foreigners, with 18,000 Saudis leaving the sector in Q1 2018,” said Jadwa Investment’s latest update on the Saudi labor marker.

Trade, which includes wholesale and retail activities, came second, losing around 53,000 foreign workers.