Gaza unemployment drops slightly to 31%

May 20, 2013. Figures published by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics show that Gaza’s unemployment rate dropped slightly to 31% in the first quarter of 2013, compared to 32.2% in the previous quarter. The unemployment rate in the West Bank is 20.3% compared to 18.3% in the previous quarter.

The highest unemployment rate in Gaza was recorded in the Khan Younis and Rafah districts – 33.9%. The unemployment rate among women in Gaza stands at 51.6%, compared to 26.3% among men.

Among young people aged 15-29, the rate is 48.2%. The public sector employs 39.9% of Gaza’s workforce.

Breakdown of Gaza's workforce:
75.1% – salaried workers
15.8% – self-employed
3.3% – business owners
5.8% – work for a family business without pay