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Grenada implements OECS labour force survey
Published on September 19, 2013 Email To Friend    Print Version

CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Secretariat, with resources from the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) and in collaboration with Grenada’s Central Statistical Office of the Ministry of Finance and Energy, and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Decent Work Team and Office for the Caribbean, will be conducting a labour force survey in Grenada.

This Survey is scheduled to begin on September 20, 2013, following the training of enumerators and supervisors, which is taking place from September 16 – 20, 2013.

A labour force survey provides estimates of employment and unemployment. These are among the most important measures of economic performance of any economy.

The main objectives of a labour force survey (LFS) are: (1) to divide the working-age population into three mutually exclusive classifications -- employed, unemployed, and not in the labour force -- and (2) to provide descriptive and explanatory data on each of these classifications.

LFS data are used to produce the well-known unemployment rate as well as other standard labour market indicators such as the employment rate and the participation rate. The LFS also provides employment estimates by industry, occupation, public and private sector, hours worked and much more. These are all cross-classifiable by a variety of demographic characteristics.

The labour force survey is a household survey. The data collection will be based on a sample of 1,050 households throughout Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique drawn from the listing of households collected in the population and housing census. The data are collected through face-to-face interviews with members (or a member) of the sampled households. The information provided by these respondents will be used to produce a picture of the activities of the entire population.

Support is being provided by the European Union for this activity under the Economic Integration and Trade of the OECS Region project, is being financed out of resources from the 10th EDF regional programme. The Economic Integration and Trade of the OECS Region project seeks to contribute to the establishment of the OECS Economic Union as a single economic and financial space through the development of a harmonized policy, legislative, regulatory and administrative framework, and the enhancement of the institutional capacity and export competitiveness of OECS Economies.
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