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35.7% of Saudi women unemployed

The Saudi labour ministry has said that unemployment among Saudi women in the private sector increased by 2.3% in 2012 to 358,000, Arab News has reported. The rise was due to certain obstacles such as transportation and the lack of daycare centres and nurseries to take care of their children, said Amal Sheera, deputy chairperson of the Human Rights Committee at the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI). The unemployment rate for males stood at 6.1% in 2012, while increasing to 35.7% among females.