RAMALLAH, April 30, 2016 (WAFA) - The unemployment rate among participants in the labour force aged 15 years and above in Palestine was 26% (About 336 thousand persons were unemployed), said the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statists (PCBS).
On the occasion of International Labour Day, which falls annually on the 1st of May, PCBS presented the current status of Palestinian labour force during 2015, stating that, the unemployment rate among participants in the labour force aged 15 years and above was “23% for males and 39% for females.
The unemployment rate in the West Bank was 17% ( about 143 thousand); 15% for males and 27% for females, compared with 41% in Gaza Strip (about 193 thousand); 36% for males and 60% for females, said PCBS.
It said the participation rate in the labour force of persons aged 15 years and above in Palestine was 46% distributed as 72% for males and 19% for females. On the level of the West Bank, the participation rate was 46%; 73% for males compared to 19% for females.
Regarding Gaza Strip, about 45% of persons participated in the labour force; 70% for males and 20% for females.
PCBS added that, “The number of wage employees in Palestine amounted to 659 thousand, of whom 338 thousand employed in the West Bank and 216 thousand employed in Gaza Strip; while 83 thousand employed in Israel and 22 thousand employed in Israeli settlement.”
It said the average daily real wage (base year: 2010) in the private sector in Palestine was 68 NIS; 77 NIS in the West Bank (workers in Israel and Settlements are excluded) and 48 NIS in Gaza Strip.
“Services sector in the private sector recorded the highest average daily real wage at 93 NIS in the West Bank and 76 NIS in Gaza Strip, followed by construction sector with 83 NIS in the West Bank and 40 NIS in Gaza Strip.”
Meanwhile, The agriculture sector recorded the lowest average daily wage at 62 NIS in the West Bank and 24 NIS in Gaza Strip.
It said, “About 36% of wage employees in the private sector received less than the minimum wage (1,450 NIS) in Palestine.”