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Kuwait unemployment benefits hit $80m in 5 yrs
April 20, 2014, 11:09 am

Kuwait has paid out almost $80m in unemployment benefits in the past five years with the Government Manpower and Restructuring Program (GMRP) saying it has found jobs for more than half of the 2,300 nationals who lost work in the global financial crisis, it was reported.

In a statement on Saturday, program spokesman Abdulaziz Al Qassar said that about 1450 out of 2320 nationals who were victims of the economic crisis had been re-employed, Kuwaiti daily Arab Times reported.

He said it would invite the remaining nationals to its headquarters in May to offer them new job openings.

The Manpower and Government Restructuring Program (GMRP) is a Kuwaiti governmental organisation under the Civil Service Commission specialising in training, finding jobs and encouraging Kuwaiti employees to work in the private sector.

Al Qassar said the GMRP had paid over KD22.2m ($78.92m) in unemployment benefits for affected nationals between August 2009 and April 2014.

He said Kuwait paid unemployment benefits for up to 36 months.

Al Qassar said it was committed to financially supporting all nationals who lost their jobs and help them find new work.

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