Facts and Numbers

Facts and numbers for 2020

  • The unemployment rate in Palestine for the second quarter of 2020 is 26.6%

Facts and numbers for 2019

  • The unemployment rate in Palestine for 2019 is 25.3% (the total number of the unemployed in Palestine is 334,100 ; 217,100 in the Gaza Strip, and 117,000 in the West Bank)
  • The rate of participation in the labor force in Palestine reached 44.2% of the total manpower, which is estimated at 3 million.
  • The poverty rate in Palestine accounted for 29%, about quadruple in Gaza compared to the West Bank, (the extreme poverty line for the reference family (2 adults and 3 individuals) 1974 NIS).
  • The average Palestinian family size is 5 family members, a decrease of 16% compared to 2007.
  • The number of households headed by women in Palestine reached 10.6%.
  • The female participation rate in the labor force is 18%, while it was 17% for males.
  • The year 2019 showed a growth in the percentage of workers in the local market by 1.8%.
  • The number of workers in Israel and Israeli settlements reached 141 thousand, 15.6% work in the settlements.
  • The percentage of salaried employees without a work contract in the private sector is 46%.
  • The number wage earners less than the minimum wage (1450 NIS) reached 30%. A decrease of 10% compared to 2018.
  • The percentage of working children (10-17 years) was 3%.

PFESP milestones and achievements in 2019

  • Launching the Palestinian Platform for Employment.
  • Disabled People deserve the best, as more than 85 of them have been targeted by supporting the establishment of their own projects.
  • Contributing to the economic empowerment of women is an important central and goal of PFESP (more than 39% of income-generating projects went to women)
  • The structure of PFESP has developed at the level of administration, recruit funds, monitoring, evaluation, media, and the necessary systems and procedural manuals.
  • Establishing and strengthening partnerships at various levels. The purpose is to participate in achieving the mission and goals.
  • PFESP and the General Administration for Employment in the Ministry of Labor is a twinning of development, achievement and addressing of goals.
  • PFESP contributed to the employment of 630 permanently unemployed and 1,430 temporarily unemployed.
  • The launch of the Islamic Murabaha Lending Program at the lowest costs.
  • Supporting employment councils in a number of governorates to support youth self-employment.
  • Developing and issuing work guides and procedures for PFESP.
  • PFESP adopts the financial system and the public procurement system applicable in official institutions.
  • Assigning an internal auditor to the quality of the services provided in the PFESP's departments to build upon to establish the Quality Management System (ISO9001) until the end of 2022.