Almost 22% of workers in Kuwait are ‘single’

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‘37,454 single Kuwaiti women in private sector’

KUWAIT CITY, July 17: A report issued by the Labor Market Information System revealed that 21.6% of workers in the country, whether citizens or residents, are ‘single’, which means about 399,000 workers are single out of a total of 1.9 million in the public and private sectors, reports Al-Qabas daily. The report, a copy of which has been obtained by the daily, issued in the first quarter of this year, pointed out that the 37,454 single Kuwaiti women work in the government sector representing 39.1% of the total workers in the sector.

The number of single Kuwaiti women working in the private sectors appears to be as low as 19.9%, compared to their married counterparts, whose percentage is 62.5%. With regard to the marital status of the private sector, the number of single non- Kuwaiti males reached 248,720, compared to one million married workers in the sector.

The decrease in the total number of married workers in the market was clear, as it decreased in 3 months by about 5,000, compared to an increase in the percentage of unmarried workers by about 8,000. The report pointed to an increase in the total number of divorce cases registered among workers in different sectors, with a total of 69 cases in 3 months, bringing the total number of divorced people across the market to 29,398 individuals.

The volume of Kuwaiti employment in the private sector also increased to settle until last March at 72,692 Kuwaitis, an increase of 470 workers over the figures recorded at the end of 2021. As for expatriate workers, the report showed an increase of 2,362 workers in the first three months of this year, with the exception of the family sector ‘domestic workers’, which recorded an increase of 19,532 new workers, after a sharp decrease in their numbers during the corona crisis.

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