NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The country’s latest Labour Force Survey has revealed that the national unemployment rate stands at 8.8 percent, with just over 19,000 persons unemployed in the country at the time of the survey.
The survey which was conducted last month by the Bahamas National Statistical Institute is the first labour force survey since November 2019 and included the islands of New Providence, Grand Bahama, Abaco, Bimini, North Eleuthera, Long Island, and San Salvador.
According to the survey results, the total labour force in the country in May was 219,465, with women comprising 54 percent of the labour force, while men represented 46 percent.
When broken down by age group, the survey indicated that nearly one-quarter (23 percent) of the labour force falls within the 25-34-year-old category.
Of the labour force, 55 percent had completed secondary school, while 4 percent had received primary level education or had no education at all, and 26 percent had completed university.
Among the 219,465 individuals in the labour force, 26 percent held a bachelor’s degree or higher, while 21 percent had no qualifications.
The Bahamas National Statistical Institute (BNSI) noted: “The Employed Labour Force recorded 200,175 individuals. When examining employment status, approximately two-thirds (61 percent) were engaged in the private sector, while 21 percent were government employees. Abaco had the highest percentage of self-employed individuals (28 percent), whereas both New Providence and Grand Bahama registered 16 percent.”