Saudi Arabia vows to create more jobs for women

Riyadh, March 23: Saudi Arabia will announce in the coming days more female-only jobs for more than one million unemployed women in the country, media reported Sunday.

The initiative is part of a plan to eliminate unemployment rate by 2025. Unemployment rate of the country now stands at around 11.7 percent, Xinhua reported citing the Al Eqtisadiya newspaper.

Certain actions will be taken with the ongoing growth of female jobseekers of the age group between 18 and 30, as the percentage increased from 28.4 percent in 2009 to 33.2 percent last year.

Undersecretary of the Labour Ministry Fahad Al Takhaifi said the oil-rich country has more than one million unemployed females.

To deal with the issue, jobs at women-related product shops have been allocated only for females last year, which alone provided jobs for more than 50,000 Saudi women, he added.