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Current Labour Force Statistics 

Unemployment Rates: 2016

1st Quarter

2nd quarter

3rd Quarter

4th Quarter

 22.1%

 21.4%

 20.0%

 

Unemployment Rates: 2015

1st Quarter

2nd quarter

3rd Quarter

4th Quarter

 27.2%

 25%

 23.5%

 20.6%

Unemployment Rates: 2014

1st Quarter

2nd quarter

3rd Quarter

4th Quarter

 23.8%

 25.4%

 24.8%

 23.6%

Unemployment Rates: 2013

1st Quarter

2nd Quarter

3rd Quarter

4th Quarter

 22.6%

 23.8%

 24.9%

 22.0%


statslogo smallThe St Lucia Labour Force Survey was first conducted in 1992 when the first survey was completed with the assistance of the ILO regional office in Port of Spain Trinidad and Tobago. The ILO labour specialist who guided the process was Ms Grace Strachan. From 1994 to 2000 it had been a continous survey done during the first six and the last six months of each year, respectively. From the third quarter of 2002 to the first quarter of 2010 the survey was done continuously during the four quarters of each year with a rolling one week reference period.

For the periods from the 2nd quarter of 2010 to the 2nd quarter of 2011 a labour force survey was not done, this was replaced by a labour module within the 2010 Census. From the 3rd quarter of 2011 to the present the continuous quarterly labour force survey has continued and is expected to continue into the forseeable future. The survey is coordinated by the Director of Statistics, Mr Edwin St Catherine who is the sampling and data processing specialist for the survey. He is assisted by Ms Jacinta Francis and Mr Burt Collymore who are responsible for the maintenance, publication and dissemination of results and the data managements aspects of the survey respectively. The following is the results for the labour force statistics collected for the annualized periods 1994 to 2009, for the census period 2010, and quarterly series from 3rd Quarter of 2011 to the most recent available quarter. Consult our metadata catalog for detailed information on the St Lucia Labour Force Survey.

Labour Force Survey Results (2008 - 3rd Quarter 2013) Excel
Annual Labour Force Survey Series Results 1994 - 2009 Excel
Quarterly Labour Force Survey Series Results 2015 - 2016
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Year to Date 3rd Qtr Results (YTD) 2015 - 2016 
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Quarterly data for the period 1994 -  2009 is also presented on this page for download. Please note the following when using this data. Population totals for this series is currently being revised based on the data obtained from Census 2010, therefore the totals reflected in the attached are subject to change even though the annual series presented above is updated. All rates related to the employed, the unemployed and not in the labour force categories are valid and will not change. For all quarterly series published there is some volatility around the true population indicator which will need to be considered when using the data. In furture we will publish the precise extent of the volatility in the rates from quarter to quarter, however, generally the sample error on the unemployment rate is not expected to exceed plus or minus 2.5% of the rate published.

 Quarterly Labour Force Survey Results (1994 - 2009) Excel