Saudi Arabia’s unemployment rate drops to 12.5%

Results showed a slight improvement in the jobless rate. (AFP)
Updated 07 June 2019

Saudi Arabia’s unemployment rate drops to 12.5%

  • Unemployment among Saudi men stood at 6.6 percent

RIYADH: The unemployment rate in Saudi Arabia fell to 12.5 percent in the first quarter of 2019, according to official data released on Sunday by the General Authority for Statistics (GaStat).

The labor market bulletin results showed a slight improvement in the jobless rate, which stood at 12.7 percent in the fourth quarter of 2018.

Unemployment among Saudi men stood at 6.6 percent, compared with 31.7 percent among Saudi women during the first quarter of 2019.

The unemployment rate for the total Saudi and non-Saudi population in the Kingdom stood at 5.7 percent, compared with 6 percent during the fourth quarter of 2018.

The survey’s results also showed an increase in the economic participation rate of all Saudis (15 years of age and above), which stood at 42.3 percent during the first quarter of 2019, compared with 42 percent during the previous quarter.

The bulletin’s results showed that the total number of Saudi employees in the Kingdom has slightly risen compared with the fourth quarter of 2018, reaching 3,112,029 in the first quarter of 2019.

The bulletin also indicated that the number of Saudis seeking work reached 945,323 during the first quarter of 2019, according to data from the Ministry of Municipal Service (Saed and Jaddarah programs) and HRDF’s Taqat program.


Plan approved to establish Institute of Traditional Arts in Saudi Arabia

The minister of culture announced last August that academies will be evaluated according to the market’s needs. (SPA)
Updated 23 October 2019

Plan approved to establish Institute of Traditional Arts in Saudi Arabia

  • The Institute of Traditional Arts aims to preserve the local identity through teaching arts, contributing to the preservation and development of the Saudi heritage, graduating qualified practitioners, and using arts to raise awareness

RIYADH: The minister of culture, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, on Tuesday, adopted a plan to establish the Institute of Traditional Arts at the Royal Academy of Arts.
The institute will begin receiving applications for the fall of 2020, targeting 1,000 students and trainees in long- and short-term programs.
The Institute of Traditional Arts aims to preserve the local identity through teaching arts, contributing to the preservation and development of the Saudi heritage, graduating qualified practitioners, and using arts to raise awareness.
The institute also aims to encourage artists through programs or partnership with relevant sectors.
The institute is part of the Academies of Arts’ initiative, which was announced in the Ministry of Culture’s first package last March, and the among the quality of life program’s initiatives. The minister of culture announced last August that academies will be evaluated according to the market’s needs, with the first being specialized in heritage and traditional arts and crafts.