Fact box: Almost 500,000 lost their jobs in 2011

In March, the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics published a new book that revealed 483,000 Egyptians had lost their jobs in 2011 following the popular uprising that toppled former President Hosni Mubarak.

According to CAPMAS, in 2011 there were 23,346,000 people employed versus 23,829,000 people with jobs 2010.

The book, called Egypt in Numbers, detailed several other interesting tidbits about the economy, reflecting how the nation’s industries continue to change in modern times.

•    In 2011, farmers cultivated 8,619,000 feddans of land, around 122,000 fewer feddans than figures in 2010. This is the first decline of its kind reported in eight years and could be due to illegal construction projects on land designated for agricultural pursuits.

•    Some 11,532,000 tourists visited Egypt in 2012 compared to just 9,845,000 in 2011. Europeans topped the list of foreign guests for the year, accounting for 8,416,000 visitors, while Arabs came in second, recording 2,270,000 tourists.

•    Around 9,852,000 or 85.4 percent of tourists arrived via airplane, while 1,109,000 arrived overland. Another 571,000 tourists came by sea.

•    The number of flights at Egypt’s 21 airports fell 5.5 percent to 325,872 during the fiscal year 2011-2012.

•   Around 8.53 million people had landlines as of November 2012 versus 8.64 million during the same period in 2011. Meanwhile, the number of mobile phone subscribers jumped to 95.58 million in November 2012 compared to 81.70 million the year before. The number of internet users also increased to 31.99 million users in 2012 over 28.52 million in 2011.

•    The number of licensed private cars hit 3,231,513 vehicles in 2012 compared to 3,047,862 vehicles by the end of 2011.

•    Meanwhile, the number of licensed vehicles including cars, tractors, trucks and motorcycles climbed to 6,607,432 as of 2012 versus 6,278,728 vehicles at the end of 2011.

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