Understanding Saudi Private Sector Employment And Unemployment

CID Research Fellow and Graduate Student Working Paper No. 131

Farah Hani and Michael Lopesciolo
March 2021


This paper analyzes the changes in Saudi employment and unemployment between 2009 and 2018 and argues that a supply-demand skill mismatch exacerbated by insufficient job creation, and prevalent Saudi preferences and beliefs about employment underpin the high unemployment problem that coexists with low Saudi employment in the private sector in the country.

Keywords: Saudi Arabia, Employment, Unemployment, Occupations, Jobs

JEL Classifications: J21, J23, J24

Affiliated Program: Growth Lab