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Oman government eyes 25,000 new jobs in six months

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Staff Writer | January 26, 2018
The Omani government said it was working to create 25,000 jobs in six months, part of efforts to curb high unemployment in the small, oil-exporting Gulf Arab state.
Oman protest
New jobs   Hundreds of unemployed people demonstrated
The announcement came after hundreds of unemployed people demonstrated on Monday at the Ministry of Manpower in Oman's capital Muscat, and another protest in the southern city of Salah, according to witnesses.

"The cabinet is closely monitoring the implementation of the decision to create 25,000 jobs... in no more than 6 months as a first phase," said a statement published by the state news agency.

Government work with private sector enterprises on the issue was starting to bear fruit, it said. Unemployment reached 17.5 percent in 2016, according to most recent statistics available.

With smaller oil and financial reserves than its wealthy neighbours, Oman has spent heavily on industrial and infrastructure projects to diversify its economy beyond oil.