Labour Force Survey


The Statistics Department produces report on Labour Force Survey.  Labour Force Survey are carried out on an occasional basis.    In 1990, 1993/94 and 2003.   Labour Force Survey 2003 is the recent survey and it covers those age 15 and over in the whole Kingdom. It covers usually resident population including any that were absent from the household.  Information includes age, sex, activity, current and usual employment status, hours worked and wages.


Comparison of key labour market indicators over time
  20031993/941990
Labour force participation rate
(age 15 and over) 
%   Both sexes 63.6 59.5 55.4
Males 74.6 74.2 75.6
Females 52.7 45.4 36.1
Employment to population ratio
(age 15 and over) 
%   Both sexes 60.3 58.8 53.1
Males 72 73.6 73.9
Females 48.8 44.4 33.3
Employment by sector                 % distribution
1990 and 1993/94 - age 10 and over
2003 - age 15 and over 
    Both sexes 100 100 100
Agricultures 31.8 39.4 38.1
Industry 30.6 25.7 20.6
Services 37.6 34.9 41.3
% distribution         Males 100 100 100
Agricultures 50.7 60.1 51.5
Industry 13.4 7.1 11
Services 35.9 32.8 37.5
% distribution        Females 100 100 100
Agricultures 4.6 5.9 9.1
Industry 55.5 55.8 41.4
Services 40 38.3 49.5
  2003  1993/94 1990
Unemployment rate(age 15 and over)          %   Both sexes 5.2 0.8 2.3
Males 3.6 0.6 1.7
Females 7.4 1 2.8
(a) Youth unemployment rate(age 15-24)    %   Both sexes 11.9 3.2 8.3
Males 9.9 1.3 5.4
Females 15.1 6.6 13.8
(b) Ratio of youth unemployment rate to adult
     unemployment rate (age 15-24/25+)
  Both sexes 3.3 4.2 3.4
Males 4.8 2.2 4.8
Females 2.8 6.6 2.7
(c) Youth unemployment as aproportion of
      total unemployment (age 15-24 / 15+)
%   Both sexes 43 55.9 57.3
Males 54 41.2 64.4
Females 37.4 63.9 52.9
(d) Youth unemployment as aproportion of the
          youth population (age 15-24)
 %   Both sexes 4.6 1.3 3.6
Males 4.5 0.7 3
Females 4.7 1.9 4.1
Number of wage and salary 
earners employed 
  Both sexes 15,597 13,195  
Males 9,861 8,104  
Females 5,736 5,091

Source: Labour Force Survey reports,Statistics Department.
For more information see LFS annual report. More Labour Force tables can be viewed in the Key Stats Excel workbook.
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