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Libya's Unemployment at 20.7 Percent
06/03/2009 18:48:00
Libya's unemployment rate is 20.74 percent according to recent census figures released recently by the authorities.

That would give Libya the highest jobless rate in the five-country Maghreb region of 80 million people, where the proportions of workers without jobs in the four other states range from around 9 to 15 percent, according to official figures.

"Libyans with jobs numbered 1.3 million, which represent 79.26 percent of the whole workforce. This means that the jobless rate in Libya is around 20.74 percent," Oea newspaper reported as quoted by Reuters.

"Unemployment among men is 21.55 percent and at 18.71 percent among women," Oea said.

The percentage of school girls going on to university degree level reached 12.88 percent, compared with 10.37 percent for boys, the census showed.

"Libyan boys drop out of school more often than girls," Oea wrote.

More than 16 percent of the country's total 886,978 families have none its members earning a stable income, while 43.3 percent of the households have just one, it added.

About 26 percent of families have two members bringing home a salary, it said, adding that the average family size was 6.95 members.

More than 33,000 families live in unhealthy housing conditions, including some city slum shacks, it added.

The report, highlighting social differences in Libya, came before a two-day meeting of the General People's Congress which took place from 1 to 4 March in the city of Sirte.
 

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