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World Bank statistics, Iran-Iraq War, Persian Gulf War, economic sanctions, labor force

The Iran-Iraq War, the Persian Gulf War, and the UN sanctions crippled the Iraqi economy, resulting in an unprecedented rate of unemployment. According to World Bank statistics, in 2000 the labor force consisted of 6.45 million workers. In 1996, 66.4 percent of the labor force was employed in services, 17.5 percent in industry, and 16.1 percent in agriculture. Women accounted for 19.7 percent of the labor force. Before economic sanctions took effect in 1990, Iraq had many foreign workers, the majority of them Egyptian agricultural workers.



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World Bank statistics, Iran-Iraq War, Persian Gulf War, economic sanctions, labor force, foreign workers, effect, percent, majority, agriculture, Women, industry, services

 
 

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