Labour force, Employment and Unemployment ,
3rd Quarter 2008


Highlights

1. The unemployment rate for the third quarter of 2008 is estimated at 7.2% compared to 7.4% at the second quarter 2008 and 8.2% at the third quarter 2007.

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

    3rd Quarter Year  2nd Quarter  3rd Quarter Year 
    2007 2007 2008 2008 2008 (forecast)
 Labour force 552,500  548,900  558,900  558,900  553,900 
  Male 354,600  353,600  355,000  354,000  352,700 
  Female 197,900  195,300  203,900  204,900  201,200 
  Employed 507,400  502,100  517,800  518,400  510,500 
  Male 338,000  335,000  341,400  339,600  337,300 
  Female 169,400  167,100  176,400  178,800  173,200 
  Unemployed 45,100  46,800  41,100  40,500  43,400 
  Male 16,600  18,600  13,600  14,400  15,400 
  Female 28,500  28,200  27,500  26,100  28,000 
  Unemployment rate (%)          
  Both Sexes 8.2  8.5  7.4  7.2  7.8 
  Male 4.7  5.3  3.8  4.1  4.4 
  Female 14.4  14.4  13.5  12.7  13.9 

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

(i) There were 40,500 unemployed comprising 14,400 males (36%) and 26,100 females (64%).

(ii) Around 13,100 or about 32% of the unemployed were below 25 years.

(iii) Nearly 44% (17,600) of the unemployed were single. Among males, the majority (9,500 or 66%) was single while among females, the majority (18,000 or 69%) was ever married (including widowed, divorced or separated).

(iv) Some 8,700 or 22% had not reached the Certificate of Primary Education (CPE) level or equivalent and a further 17,000 (42%) did not have the Cambridge School Certificate (SC) or equivalent.

(v) Around 8,900 (21%) had been looking for work for more than one year.

(vi) Around 12,400 (31%) were looking for a first job.

(vii) 5,000 or 12% of the unemployed were heads of households.

(viii) 5,400 (13%) 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.

December 2008

More: Labour force, Employment and Unemployment - 3rd Quarter 2008

Table 1 Actual and seasonally adjusted quarterly unemployment rates, Q1 2006 Q3 2008

Table 2 - Estimated labour force, employment, unemployment and inactive population by sex, 3rd quarter 2007 & 2008

Table 3 - Quarterly estimates of labour force, employment, unemployment and inactive population by sex, 2006 - 2008

Table 4 - Percentage distribution of the employed population by industrial sector and sex, 3rd quarter 2007 & 2008

Table 5 - Percentage distribution of the employed population by occupation group and sex, 3rd quarter 2007 & 2008

Table 6 - Percentage distribution of the employed population by employment status and sex, 3rd quarter 2007 & 2008

Table 7 - Percentage distribution of the employed population by sex and number of hours worked during the survey reference week, 3rd quarter 2007 & 2008

Table 8 - Percentage distribution of the unemployed population by age and sex, 3rd quarter 2007 & 2008

Table 9 - Percentage distribution of the unemployed population by marital status and sex, 3rd quarter 2007 & 2008

Table 10 - Percentage distribution of the unemployed population by educational attainment and sex, 3rd quarter 2007 & 2008

Table 11 - Percentage distribution of the unemployed population by duration of unemployment and sex, 3rd quarter 2007 & 2008

Table 12 - Percentage distribution of the unemployed population with work experience by industrial sector, 3rd quarter 2007 & 2008

Table 13 - Percentage distribution of the unemployed population by job search method and sex, 3rd quarter 2007 & 2008

Table 14 - Percentage distribution of the inactive population by inactivity status and sex, 3rd quarter 2007 & 2008

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