Egypt jobless rate rises amid pandemic second wave

The size of the workforce was estimated at 29,284mln, compared to 29,965mln during the previous quarter

  
Egyptian men wait to board their plane to return home, at the Gabes Matmata airport, south of Tunisia. Image for illustrative purpose.

Egyptian men wait to board their plane to return home, at the Gabes Matmata airport, south of Tunisia. Image for illustrative purpose.

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RIYADH: Egypt’s unemployment rate reached 7.4 percent of the total labor force in the first quarter of 2021 — up from 7.2 percent in the previous quarter.

The new data from the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS), reflects the impact of the second wave of the pandemic.

The size of the workforce was estimated at 29,284 million, compared to 29,965 million during the previous quarter, representing a decrease of 2.3 percent, Al Arabiya reported.

The labor force in urban areas reached 13,034 million, with 16,250 million living in rural areas.

Gehan Saleh, economic affairs adviser to Egypt’s prime minister said in April that the second stage of the country’s economic reform program would be launched soon.

She said the plan aims to improve the quality of life of citizens and tackle unemployment through job-creating investments.

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