Bahrain Is Taking Steps to Tackle Its Unemployment Problem and Has Brought Down Its Jobless Rate from 16 Per Cent to 3.Docx Uploaded Successfully

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Bahrain is taking steps to tackle its unemployment problem and has brought down its jobless rate from 16 per cent to 3.5 per cent in the past five years. Bahrain started to discuss policies aimed at reducing unemployment among its citizens. Over the past five years, the key project was the establishment of the Unemployment Insurance System (UIS), which is unique in the Arab world. The system allows unemployed citizens, who are registered with the Ministry of Labor, to receive a financial assistance for six months based on their qualification and experience. During the period, they will have to look for a job with the help of the ministry and in some cases they would join training programmers. Unless they resigned or were fired for reasons of violating job ethics, Bahraini employees are entitled to financial assistance for losing their job because of reasons beyond their control. The unemployment assistance in this case would be equal to 60 per cent of their last received salary in the last job they worked. The fund of the UIS is financed through contributions from Bahraini employees and employers. The result of the program was quite significant. We managed to reduce unemployment among nearly 20,000 citizens to 7,200 job seekers. The balance of 12,800 who found employment through the program in addition to those who entered the job market during the past four years, have been offered jobs in the private sector. This indicates the success of the program. The main advantage of the program is that it addresses the unemployment problem whilst saving the dignity of citizens. The system offers policy makers an indicator of the level of unemployment in the country. In addition to the USI, the government has established a training centre that offers a variety of programs. The investment in the centre has paid off very well. It helped thousands of Bahraini workers looking for jobs in the private sector to become productive employees from the first day of their...
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