Bahrain’s jobless rate at highest levels since 2013

BAHRAIN’S unemployment rate last year hit the highest levels since 2013, according to latest government statistics.

A detailed report comprising from 2011 to 2016 covering different sectors such as health, education, tourism, oil and gas was released by the Information and eGovernment Authority (iGA) to mark GCC Statistical Day, which falls on December 24.

The report, titled Bahrain in Figures 2016, states that the unemployment rate in 2016 was 4.3 per cent, while in 2015 it was 3.5pc, in 2014 it was 3.8pc and in 2013 it was 4.3pc.

Figures show that last year a total of 8,485 Bahrainis were unemployed – of which a staggering 6,998 were women – compared with 6,946 Bahrainis without jobs in 2015.

Information gathered in the Labour Force section of the report shows that a total of 41,033 Bahraini’s, including 21,734 females, were employed in the public sector last year, while expatriates employed were 8,260. However, in the private sector, the number of Bahraini’s employed dropped from 91,233 in 2015 to 89,608 last year while the number of expatriates employed increased from 472,332 in 2015 to 516,474 last year.

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The report also showed that the total population last year reached 1,424,000 including 759,000 expatriates.

While the number of mobile connections last year was 2,994,865, meaning there were twice as many active lines as the country’s population. The report said the average daily consumption of water dropped from 155.17 million gallons in 2015 to 154.62m gallons.

It shows that demand for energy is increasing every year with the country’s different power stations generating 17,067.78 Gigawatt hours (GWh) last year compared with 15,437.02 GWh in 2015. The maximum consumption was for domestic purposes followed by commercial and industrial use.

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Other statistics revealed in the report were that Bahrain has been witnessing less than normal rainfall, with figures showing 98.9 millimetres in 2011 compared with 62mm last year.

Another worrying trend is the sharp decline in underground water production that dropped from 1,111.2m gallons in 2015 to 353.67m gallons last year. Furthermore, the report’s Transport and Communications section states the number of registered vehicles last year was 697,830 compared with 647,408 in 2015.

However, the number of road fatalities has dropped from 84 deaths in 2015 to 50 deaths last year. This is despite an increase in traffic violations from 524,549 cases last year compared with 324,846 in 2015.

In the Fisheries section, the report highlights an increase in import of fish and shrimps, while their exports have declined over the years.

Source Credit: Gulf Daily Mail

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