Shoura members criticize Labor Ministry for ‘frightening’ unemployment rate among women


By Faris Al-Qahtani

Okaz/Saudi Gazette

RIYADH – Several members of the Shoura Council on Tuesday criticized the Ministry of Labor and Social Development for not taking effective measures to contain the ‘frightening’ rate of unemployment among Saudi women.

Fahd Juma, a member, said there were 1.23 million Saudi jobseekers, of which 84.5 percent were women.

Taking part in deliberations over the annual report of the ministry, some members found fault with the recent report of the General Authority for Statistics with regard to the unemployment rate in the Kingdom.

Juma said: “It is unfortunate that the authority is claiming on social media that unemployment rate is 5.8 percent without taking into account the rising figures of unemployment among Saudis,” he said, noting that foreigners represent 78 percent of the workforce in the Kingdom.

Dr. Mouda Al-Khalaf drew attention of the council to the disparity in the salary of Saudi male and female staff in the private sector.