Cities and states in usa for UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN, OSHKOSH Syria THE ECONOMY OF THE Syrian Arab Republic is based on agriculture (27 percent), industry (23 percent), and services (50 percent). It remains a middle-income developing country with modest rates of growth. The country has been plagued by bouts of severe drought affecting its agricultural productivity, and it has one of the highest unemployment rates in the Arab world (24 percent). Despite some national reforms to correct slowmoving enterprises and non-productive businesses, the national economy drags”hampered by poorly performing public sector firms, low investment levels, and markedly low industrial and agricultural output. To date, the planners in Damascus, its capital, have been unable to fuel the tortoise into a hare. Adding to its troubles, Syria’s population growth soars and its once vast water supply has begun, over the last decade, to become polluted. Private investment is crucial to the modernization of the country”but it is slow in coming. Cities and states in usa 2016.