According to the Annual Economic Report 2019 (PDF, 18.5 MB), the total labour force in the UAE in 2018 was 7.384 million.
The number of people working in all economic sectors of the country reduced from 7.241 million in 2017 to 7.219 in 2018, a decline of 0.3 per cent.
The rate of unemployment decreased from 2.5 per cent in 2017 to 2.2 per cent in 2018.
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