The unemployment rate in Jordan increased during the first quarter of this year to 19.3 percent, an increase of 0.3 percentage points from the first quarter of last year, according to a report issued by the Department of Statistics.
According to the same source in its quarterly report on the unemployment rate in the Kingdom, the unemployment rate for males during the first quarter of this year amounted to 18.1 percent compared to 24.4 percent for females, as it increased for males by 1.7 percentage points, while for females it decreased by 4.5 percentage points compared to the first quarter of last year.
The results showed that the unemployment rate among university degree holders increased to 22.1 percent compared to other educational levels. According to the results, 50.8 percent of the total unemployed are holders of high school diploma or higher, while 49.2 percent of the total unemployed have educational qualifications less than secondary.
The results also showed a variation in the distribution of the workforce by educational level and gender, as 60.2 percent of the total workforce for males had lower secondary education levels compared to 13.5 percent for females. Moreover, 64.1 percent of the total workforce are of female with an educational level of Bachelor or higher, compared to 23.7 percent among males.
Source (Al-Dustour Newspaper-Jordan, Edited)