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Jordan: Unemployment rates jump to 25% in first quarter of 2021

June 22, 2021 at 9:06 am

Jordanian women work on a harvest of green beans south of the capital Amman, on April 20, 2021 [KHALIL MAZRAAWI/AFP via Getty Images]

The unemployment rate in Jordan has increased to 25 per cent in the first quarter of this year, compared to 22.7 per cent at the end of 2020.

During the first quarter of 2020, the unemployment rate stood at 19.3 per cent.

The Department of Statistics (DOS) said in a statement yesterday that unemployment among men now stood at 24.2 per cent, compared to 28.5 per cent among women.

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While 27.8 per cent of those with a university degree are looking for a job, it added.

A recent World Bank report indicated that unemployment among the younger working age people in Jordan is estimated to stand at 50 per cent.

The sharp rise is attributed to global coronavirus closures and the country’s own measures to combat the virus.