Gaza’s unemployment drops slightly to 27.9%

August 18, 2013. Figures published by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics indicate that Gaza’s unemployment rate dropped slightly to 27.9% in the second quarter of 2013, compared to 31% in the previous quarter. The unemployment rate in the West Bank is down to 16.8% from 20.3% in the previous quarter.

The highest unemployment rate in Gaza was recorded in the Rafah district – 32%. The unemployment rate among women in Gaza stands at 50.4%, compared to 22.7% among men. Among young people aged 15-29, the rate is 44.9%. The public sector employs 36.2% of Gaza’s workforce.

Breakdown of Gaza's workforce:
72.9% – salaried workers
16.3% – self-employed
4.2% – business owners
6.6% – work for a family business without pay