New Body in Saudi Labor Ministry Created to Fight Rising Unemployment in Saudi Arabia

A construction worker in Saudi Arabia speaks on his mobile phone at a construction site in Riyadh.
Saudi Arabia's cabinet announced the creation of a new body within the labor ministry to combat an increase in joblessness in Saudi Arabia and a seeming reluctance by Saudis to take available jobs, according to a report.

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Arab Fashion Week

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Expat Labor

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