As little as 0.6% of Qatar’s population is unemployed, according to QNB Capital, which cites a new report from the International Labour Organisation.
That figure is the lowest of any country in the Middle East. But as the report says:
“This is mainly due to extremely low unemployment amongst expatriates. As expatriate residence permits are linked to employment, very few unemployed expatriates remain in the country.”
Put in a different way, if you aren’t a citizen and you don’t have a job, you probably can’t stay in the country.
The last figure measuring unemployment amongst Qataris – from March 2011 – sets the jobless rate at 3.9%.
ILO’s report, meanwhile, also points out Qatar is one of only three countries to have double-digit economic growth in 2011, alongside Ghana and Mongolia.