2015 Labour Force Survey Released

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Tuesday 27th November, 2018-A Labour Force Survey has found that that in 2015, the labour force population in Antigua and Barbuda stood at 49,308, with a labour force participation rate of 70.9%.

The figures are included in the Final Report of the 2015 Labour Force Survey produced by the Statistics Division.

The labour force is comprised of persons aged 15 and older who were either employed or unemployed (i.e. did not have a job, but were available for work and were seeking work) at the time of the survey.

The survey found that although more women than men were employed in absolute numbers, the employment to- population ratio was higher for men (64.4%) than for women (58.6%). The overall employment-to-population ratio in Antigua and Barbuda was 61.2%.

Additionally, although men were more likely to participate in the labour force, women were more likely to be unemployed. This means that a larger proportion of women in the labour force were without a job and looking for employment. In 2015, the female unemployment rate was 14.5%, compared with 12.9% for men.

It was also revealed that women accounted for over fifty percent of the population (53.8%) and men accounted for 46.2%. Meanwhile, children and youth aged less than 15 accounted for 24.1% of the population, while the elderly population (65 years or older) accounted for 8.6%.

The survey further reveals that unemployment was less prevalent among those with higher educational attainment. The unemployment rate for persons aged 25 and older with a university education was 6.3% (Chart 6.5.6 and Table 6.5.5). This reflected a rate of 5.7% for male university graduates and a rate of 6.6% for female university graduates.

The survey was based on a three stage random sample of 1550 households throughout Antigua and Barbuda. The data was collected through face-to- face interviews with members (or a member) of the sampled households. The information derived from the LFS can be used to produce socio-economic data which are vital tools in enhancing the country’s ability to properly plan and monitor development of its people, achieve national objectives and fulfill regional obligations. The analysed data from the LFS allows for informed decision-making and policy formulation that can impact the labour market.

The Labour Force Survey is conducted in other OECS Countries with assistance from the World Bank, International Labour Organisation (ILO), United Nation Develop Program (UNDP) and the 10th European Development Fund (EDF).