Labour force, Employment and Unemployment
2nd Quarter 2008

Highlights

1. The unemployment rate for the second quarter of 2008 is estimated at 7.4% compared to 8.2% at the first quarter 2008 and 8.8% at the second quarter 2007.

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

    2nd Quarter     Year  1st Quarter   2nd Quarter  Year 
    2007 2007 2008 2008 2008 (forecast)
 Labour force 551,600  548,900  553,800  558,900  553,900 
  Male 354,600  353,600  352,800  355,000  352,700 
  Female 197,000  195,300  201,000  203,900  201,200 
  Employed 503,000  502,100  508,200  517,800  510,500 
  Male 335,200  335,000  334,900  341,400  337,300 
  Female 167,800  167,100  173,300  176,400  173,200 
  Unemployed 48,600  46,800  45,600  41,100  43,400 
  Male 19,400  18,600  17,900  13,600  15,400 
  Female 29,200  28,200  27,700  27,500  28,000 
  Unemployment rate (%)          
  Both Sexes 8.8  8.5  8.2  7.4  7.8 
  Male 5.5  5.3  5.1  3.8  4.4 
  Female 14.8  14.4  13.8  13.5  13.9 

The main characteristics of the unemployed at the second quarter of 2008 were: 

(i)     There were 41,100 unemployed comprising 13,600 males (33%) and 27,500 females (67%). 

(ii)     Around 16,000 or about 39% of the unemployed were below 25 years. 

(iii)     About 45% (18,600) of the unemployed were single. Among males, the majority (8,900 or 66%) was single while among females, the majority (17,900 or 65%) was ever married (including widowed, divorced or separated). 

(iv)     Some 8,500 or 21% had not reached the Certificate of Primary Education (CPE) level or equivalent and a further 18,600 (45%) did not have the Cambridge School Certificate (SC) or equivalent.  

(v)      Around 12,200 (29%) had been looking for work for more than one year.  

(vi)      Around 13,200 (32%) were looking for a first job. 

(vii)      5,700 or 14% of the unemployed were heads of households.

(viii)     5,600 (14%) lived in households with no employed persons.  

4.      Unemployment rate for the year 2008 is projected at 7.8% compared to 8.5% in 2007.

September 2008

More : Economic and Social Indicator - Labour force, Employment and Unemployment Second Quarter 2008

Table 1 Actual and seasonally adjusted quarterly unemployment rates, Q1 2006 Q2 2008

Table 2 - Estimated labour force, employment, unemployment and inactive population by sex, 2nd quarter 2007 & 2008

Table 3 - Quarterly estimates of labour force, employment, unemployment and inactive population by sex, 2005 - 2008

Table 4 - Percentage distribution of the employed population by industrial sector and sex, 2nd quarter 2007 & 2008

Table 5 - Percentage distribution of the employed population by occupation group and sex, 2nd quarter 2007 & 2008

Table 6 - Percentage distribution of the employed population by employment status and sex, 2nd quarter 2007 & 2008

Table 7 - Percentage distribution of the employed population by sex and number of hours worked during the survey reference week, 2nd quarter 2007 & 2008

Table 8 - Percentage distribution of the unemployed population by age and sex, 2nd quarter 2007 & 2008

Table 9 - Percentage distribution of the unemployed population by marital status and sex, 2nd quarter 2007 & 2008

Table 10 - Percentage distribution of the unemployed population by educational attainment and sex, 2nd quarter 2007 & 2008

Table 11 - Percentage distribution of the unemployed population by duration of unemployment and sex, 2nd quarter 2007 & 2008

Table 12 - Percentage distribution of the unemployed population with work experience by industrial sector, 2nd quarter 2007 & 2008

Table 13 - Percentage distribution of the unemployed population by job search method and sex, 2nd quarter 2007 & 2008

Table 14 - Percentage distribution of the inactive population by inactivity status and sex, 2nd quarter 2007 & 2008

Annex

 

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