2001 News Story

Population and workforce in the Kingdom

The population of Saudi Arabia topped 22.1 million at the end of 2000, up 3.1 percent from 1999, the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA) annual report released Monday said. Citizens constituted about 73.6 percent of the total population, while the non-Saudis constituted about 26.4 percent. The annual report said that at the total workforce in the Kingdom at the end of 1999 was 7.2 million, of which 44.2 percent were Saudi nationals, while non-Saudis accounted for 55.8 percent. The report said that 900,000 employees worked in the government sector, 78.2 percent of them Saudis, and around 6.3 million worked in the private sector, 61.3 percent of whom were expatriates, it reported.