Unemployment among Saudi Arabian citizens fell to 11.8% in the first quarter of 2020 from 12% the previous quarter, figures released on Tuesday showed. The rate fell from 12.5% in the first quarter of 2019.

In other news, Saudi Arabia spent more than SR214 billion ($57 billion) on 142 initiatives to tackle the impact of the coronavirus in the Kingdom. Initial measures undertaken by the government to provide a buffer were followed up by a royal decree this month to extend the support to the public and private sectors and to investors.

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