Labour force, Employment and Unemployment - First Quarter 2009


Highlights 

1. The unemployment rate for the first quarter of 2009 is estimated at 8.0% compared to 6.2% at the fourth quarter 2008 and 8.2% at the first quarter 2008.

2. The table below gives the main estimates of labour force, employment and unemployment.

 
1st Quarter 2008
4th Quarter 2008
Year 2008
1st Quarter 2009
Year 2009
Labour Force
553,800
567,300
559,400
562,900
567,900
Male
352,800
358,000
355,600
355,300
358,800
Female
201,000
209,300
203,800
207,600
209,100
Employed
508,200
532,300
519,000
518,000
522,700
Male
334,900
346,700
341,000
337,500
342,700
Female
173,300
185,600
178,000
180,500
180,000
Unemployed
45,600
35,000
40,400
44,900
45,200
Male
17,900
11,300
14,600
17,800
16,100
Female
27,700
23,700
25,800
27,100
29,100
Unemployment Rate (%)
Both Sexes
8.2
6.2
7.2
8.0
8.0
Male
5.1
3.2
4.1
5.0
4.5
Female
13.8
11.3
12.7
13.1
13.9

The main characteristics of the unemployed at the first quarter of 2009 were:

(i) There were 44,900 unemployed comprising 17,800 males (40%) and 27,100 females (60%).

(ii) Around 17,900 or about 40% of the unemployed were below 25 years.

(iii) About half (22,500) of the unemployed were single. Among males, the majority (78%) was single while among females, the majority (68%) was ever married (including widowed, divorced or separated).

(iv) Some 9,900 or 22% had not reached the Certificate of Primary Education (CPE) level or equivalent and a further 20,600 (46%) did not have the Cambridge School Certificate (SC) or equivalent.

(v) Around 8,200 (19%) had been looking for work for more than one year.

(vi) Around 15,400 (34%) were looking for a first job.

(vii) 5,700 or 13% of the unemployed were heads of households.

(viii) 7,700 (17%) lived in households with no employed persons.

4. Unemployment rate for the year 2009 is projected at 8.0%.

June 2009

More: Labour force, Employment and Unemployment  - 1st Quarter 2009

Introduction

Table 1 – Actual and seasonally adjusted quarterly unemployment rates, Q1 2008 – Q12009

Table 2 - Estimated labour force, employment, unemployment and inactive population by sex, 1st quarter 2008 & 2009

Table 3 - Quarterly estimates of labour force, employment, unemployment and inactive population by sex, 2008 - 2009

Table 4 - Percentage distribution of the employed population by industrial sector and sex, 1st quarter 2008 & 2009

Table 5 - Percentage distribution of the employed population by occupation group and sex, 1st quarter 2008 & 2009

Table 6 - Percentage distribution of the employed population by employment status and sex, 1st quarter 2008 & 2009

Table 7 - Percentage distribution of the employed population by sex and number of hours worked during the survey reference week, 1st quarter 2008 & 2009

Table 8 - Percentage distribution of the unemployed population by age and sex, 1st quarter 2008 & 2009

Table 9 - Percentage distribution of the unemployed population by marital status and sex, 1st quarter 2008 & 2009

Table 10 - Percentage distribution of the unemployed population by educational attainment and sex, 1st quarter 2008 & 2009

Table 11 - Percentage distribution of the unemployed population by duration of unemployment and sex, 1st quarter 2008 & 2009

Table 12 - Percentage distribution of the unemployed population with work experience by industrial sector, 1st quarter 2008 & 2009

Table 13 - Percentage distribution of the unemployed population by job search method and sex, 1st quarter 2008 & 2009

Table 14 - Percentage distribution of the inactive population by inactivity status and sex, 1st quarter 2008 & 2009

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