Some 54,142 registered job seekers were recorded in Libya at the end of September, the Documentation and Information Center (DIC) of the Ministry of Labor and Rehabilitation said on Wednesday.
The DIC added in its annual report that the job seekers were registered at 31 affiliated offices nationwide during from Jan. 1 to Sept. 30, 2018.
The report pointed out that 40 percent of the total number, 7,905 people, were male, while the the remaining 11,661 were female. Around 48 percent of registered job seekers, 9,410 people, were qualified for the job market.
According to the report, the majority of unemployed people is aged between 23 and 27 years old, recording 5,942 people, which represent 30 percent of the total number.
Libya’s unemployment rate reached 5.5 percent in 2017. It was considered very high for a small society such as Libya with a population of around six million people.
Libya plunged into chaos after the 2011 uprising that ousted and killed longtime dictator Muammar Qaddafi, and it is now governed by rival administrations in the east and west.
It has also become a haven for Islamic militants and armed groups which thrive on looting and human trafficking, particularly in the remote south of the country.