Unemployment in Gaza drops to 28.4%

from Gisha
Published on 19 Aug 2012 View Original

August 19, 2012. According to figures released by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, unemployment in the Gaza Strip dropped to 28.4% in the second quarter of 2012, compared to 31.5% in the preceding quarter. The highest unemployment rate, 31.5%, was recorded in Deir Al Balah. The percentage of individuals who participate in the workforce in the Gaza Strip stands at 40.3%, compared to 39.9% in the preceding quarter.

The percentage of public sector workers in the Gaza Strip has reached 37.9%, compared to 14.9% in the West Bank. Salaried employees account for 74.2% of Gaza’s workforce, 15.5% are self-employed, 7.1% are unpaid workers in family-owned businesses and 3.2% are employers.