As many as 300,000 jobs have been lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Sultanate of Oman in the past two years.
Oman’s Economy Minister, Al Saqri said Monday that 7,500 Omanis are among the 300,000 foreign workers who lost their jobs due to low demand for jobs in the years 2020 and 2021.
According to figures available from the National Center for Statistics and Information (NCSI), another 58,000 expats have left Oman permanently in 2021.
The NCSI population clock shows that on October 1, 2021, there were 1,634,357 expats in Oman, having declined from 1.64 million in September and 1.68 million in August of last year, Gulf News reported.
According to NCSI, since the start of the New Year, Oman’s expat population figures crossed the 1.7 million mark to reach 1,729,965, before rising to 1,753,264 on February 1.
Oman has registered 388,468 cases of COVID-19 and 4,251 related deaths since the start of the outbreak two years ago.
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