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Economy, Labor

active population, Unemployment, service industries, farmers, independence

The Algerian labor force in 2000 was 10 million people. Some 43 percent of the economically active population was employed in government or other service industries, 31 percent worked in industry, and 26 percent engaged in agriculture, forestry, and fishing. Unemployment is an acute problem: In 1997, 29 percent of the workers were unemployed, and it is estimated that unemployment among workers under the age of 30 is as high as 50 percent. The General Union of Algerian Workers, founded in 1956 during the struggle for independence, consists of 1 million members divided by trade into ten sectors. In 1973 a National Union of Algerian Peasants was formed, consisting of about 700,000 farmers.



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