Egypt sees shrinking number of gov't employees by 13 pct

Source: Xinhua| 2017-10-16 01:10:40|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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CAIRO, Oct. 15 (Xinhua) -- Egypt has reported decline by 13 percent in the number of employees in the Egyptian government sectors to 5 million in the 2016/17 fiscal year, the country's official statistics agency said on Sunday.

The number for the previous fiscal year was 5.8 million, said the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) in a statement.

"The number of male government workers hit 3.7 million while that of female workers is 1.3 million in 2016/17 (fiscal year)," said CAPMAS.

Egypt's total population inside and outside the country has reached 104.2 million, with over 94.8 million at home and some 9.4 million expatriates.

The unemployment rate in the country hit 12.7 percent last year and gradually decreased to 12 percent in the first quarter of the 2016/17 fiscal year.

The International Monetary Fund, which supports Egypt's economic reform program with a 12-billion-dollar loan, expects the country's unemployment rate to further decline to 11.5 percent during the current 2017/18 fiscal year.