The Role of Unemployment in the Egyptian Revolution

Although the official unemployment rate is 9.4% (2009), the actual rate may be as high as 25% among the younger demographic. By rough measure up to 350,000 of the protesters may have been the unemployed – given a population of 6.8m in Cairo, a distribution for men and women aged 20-34 of 25% and an unemployment rate of 20%.

This suggests a critical mass that may have played a role in sustaining the protests.

BBC: Young in the Arab World: Egypt
USAID Demographic and Health Survey

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