According to the Annual Economic Report 2018
(PDF, 540 KB), the total labour force in the UAE in 2017 was 6447.2 thousand. The labour force participation rate was about 92.8 per cent of the total male population aged 15 years and above. The rate of participation in the female labour force was about 41.6 per cent of the total female population.
The rate of employment was about 78.3 per cent of the total population aged 15 years and above. The overall unemployment rate declined to about 1.7 per cent of the total workforce in 2017.
Workforce by sector
Here are the top five sectors by percentage of employees hired during the year 2016 (of the total workforce):
|| Per cent
|Public administration and defence
|Wholesale and retail trade and repair
|Construction and building
Source: The Annual Economic Report 2017 - Ministry of Economy