Minister of Labor lectures at Royal Jordanian National Defense College
On Thursday, former Minister of Labor, Dr. Atef Odeibat said during
his lecture for scholars in the Defense
course 15and War course24 at Royal Jordanian National Defense College
entitled "Poverty and Unemployment in the Kingdom and its Impact on
National Security in Jordan". He also said that the globally economic and
social concept of the is measured by the extent which the individual in society
can gratification his basic needs to live in dignity.
He added that the concept of the poverty line and its measurement
level in the society vary from society to another and from one historical stage
to another. In 2008, the minimum line of poverty which the individual becomes
poor in the economic and social sense was the individual gain of 680 JDs, while
in 2012 it rose to 814 JDs to be able to satisfy his basic needs of food,
housing, transportation and education and not to fall below the poverty line.
In 2006, there was reports that 13 percent of the population was
below the poverty line. And in 2008, it had risen to 13.8 percent and now it is
14.4 percent and should not increase because it will erode this class.
Related to the subject of unemployment in Jordan, he said that
Jordan has a quarter of a million unemployed person while there are one million
migrant workers at the same time, which that needs an urgent solution where the
unemployment rate in Jordan between 2005-2015 to become 12% and recorded an
unprecedented rise during the year 2016. The unemployment became 15.3% during
the first quarter of 2017 and rose to be 18.2% during the second quarter of the
He also clarified that unemployment rate is higher among females
compared with males and rises among bachelor's degree holders compared to those
who are below the high school. 66
percent of job opportunities were created by the Jordanian market go to those
whom hold below secondary level.
Unemployment females in Jordan ranked as 16th out of 217 countries
although the proportion of female education in Jordan among females is the
highest in the world.
In the end of lecture , in presence of Brig. Nasser Al-Mheerat and
Directing staff there was an extended discussion which guest speaker answered
the scholars questions.