PHILIPSBURG–A total of 1,300 households around the country have been randomly selected to participate in the Department of Statistics STAT 2018 annual Labour Force Survey.
The survey began on Monday. The survey is used internationally and locally to collect recent labour market data, including the number and characteristics of persons who are employed, unemployed and not in the labour force.
STAT Department Head Makini Persaud-Hickinson said the team is counting on residents’ participation in providing up-to-date information regarding their current status in the labour market. This will allow STAT to produce related statistics in support of labour policies, economic analysis and future planning, especially post-Irma.
Thirteen trained STAT interviewers will conduct interviews with household members via a digital questionnaire. Data-collection is scheduled to be complete within eight weeks.
STAT reminds the public that it has a legal responsibility to keep individuals’ collected data confidential at all times. The data will only be used to create statistics on aggregated levels. Persons who fall in the sample are required by law to participate and share their data with STAT.
Results of the survey will be made available in early 2019, providing updates to key labour market indicators last measured during the Labour Force Survey done in the first quarter of 2017. At that time, the overall unemployment rate was at 6.2 per cent, while youth unemployment stood at 23.8 per cent.
Additional information can be obtained by contacting STAT at tel. 542-0652 or Project Leader Joy-Ann van Arneman at
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/81017-1-300-households-selected-for-stat-labour-force-survey