Statistics derived from the Continuous Household Labour Force Survey indicated that the rate of unemployment for 2013 stood at 11.6 per cent. The unemployment rate among males stood at 11.7 per cent and 11.6 per cent among females.

In the review period, the number of persons employed totalled 126,300, of whom 64,400 were males and 61,900 were females. The total number of unemployed persons stood at 16,600, some 8,500 males and 8,100 females.

In total the number of persons in the labour force stood at 142,900, consisting of 72,900 males and 70,000 females. The number of persons not actively looking for work, hence, excluded from the labour force was 71,200 persons.

A total of 28,300 males and 42,900 females were excluded from the labour force. The Labour Force participation rate stood at 66.7 per cent with participation among males at 72.0 per cent and 62.0 per cent among females.

In 2013, the Wholesale and Retail Trade sector generated jobs for the largest number of persons, employing 20,500 persons, while the Accommodation and Food Services sector employed 13,300 persons. Employment generated in the Construction, Mining and Quarrying sector was 12,100 persons, while 11,600 persons were employed in the Public Administration and Defence sector.

Employment levels in the Manufacturing sector and the Education sector reached 9,000 persons and 7,500 persons, respectively. The Other Groups sector generated jobs for 6,700 persons, while the Transportation and Storage sector employed 6,600 persons. Employment in the Administrative and Support Service sector reached 6,300 persons.

The Human Health and Social Work sector also generated employment for 6,300 persons and employment in the Finance and Insurance sector stood at 5,800 persons. Employment in the Activities of Households as Employers reached 5,200 persons, while 4,900 persons were employed in the Other Services sector.

The levels of employment in the Professional, Scientific and Technical Services sector and the Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing sector stood at 4,200 persons and 3,400 persons, respectively. The Electricity, Gas, Steam, Water and Air Conditioning sector generated jobs for 2,800 persons.

Author: Cathy Lashley/Ministry of Finance

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