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More than 30% of Arab youth jobless: labour official

Yemeni FM Riyad Yassin (R), Kuwaiti Minister of Social Affairs and Labor Hind Al-Sabeeh, Kuwaiti deputy PM and Foreign Affairs Minister al-Sabah, attend the opening ceremony of the annual Arab Labour Conference, in Kuwait City, on April 19, 2015More than 30 percent of young Arabs are jobless because of unrest in many Arab nations and not enough investment, a top labour official said on Sunday. “The unemployment rate among Arab youth until the age of 30 years exceeds 30 percent,” the director general of the Arab Labour Organisation Ahmad Mohammed Luqman told AFP. “Due to unrest in several Arab nations, the number of Arabs without jobs has jumped two million since 2011, making the total number of unemployed Arabs at 20 million,” Luqman said on the sidelines of the annual Arab labour conference. He told the opening session of the five-day gathering in Kuwait City that unemployment in the Arab world hit 17 percent last year, “three times higher” than the global average.

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