Unemployment rate falls in Bahrain
Manama, June 5, 2012
Bahrain’s labour market indices have remained stable despite mounting challenges, with the rate of unemployment standing at 3.8 per cent, down from 4 per cent in the same period last year, said a senior government official.
Labour Minister Jameel Humaidan was speaking as he released the first quarterly report for 2012 yesterday (June 4).
A total of 6,236 jobseekers were employed in the first three months of the year – a monthly average of 2,079. The number of vacancies rose slightly from 8,117 in January to 8,592 in March.
The average salaries for jobs offered to university graduates stood at BD426 ($1,130) during the same period. The ministry has also stepped up efforts to train more job-seekers with a view to integrating them into the labour market.
According to updated statistics, the overall number of trainees rose from 2,281 in January to 4,873 in March. The number of people eligible for insurance against unemployment topped 3,501 in March, up from 2,104 in January.
The ministry also surveyed 5,437 unemployed people in March, down from 6,009 in January – 1,513 males and 3,924 females. – TradeArabia News Service
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