The Statistics Division, Ministry of Trade Industry & Commerce, Sports, Culture & National Festivals, will be conducting a Labour Force Survey in Antigua and Barbuda in 2015. The
field work activities for this survey began on 21 September 2015, following the training of Enumerators, Supervisors and Field Auditors/Liaison Officers which is took place from 31 August to 4 September 2015.
A Labour Force Survey (LFS) is a household survey that provides important information about a country’s labour market including 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:
- to divide the working-age population into three mutually exclusive classifications – employed, unemployed, and economically not active (not in the labour force) – and
- 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 such as age, sex and geographical location.
The survey will also include several questions to gather data to assist in formulating poverty measurement indicators.
The survey is based on a two stage random sample of 1550 households throughout Antigua and Barbuda drawn from the sample frame developed from the 2011 Population and Housing Census. The data are collected through face-to- face interviews with members (or a member) of the sampled households. The information derived from the LFS can be used to produce socio-economic data which are vital tools in enhancing the country’s ability to properly plan and monitor development of its people, achieve national objectives and fulfill regional obligations. The analysed data from the LFS allows for informed decision-making and policy formulation that can impact the labour market.
The Labour Force Survey is conducted in other OECS Countries and uses a harmonized regional approach with technical support and funding from the OECS Commission, the World Bank, International Labour Organisation (ILO), United Nation Develop Program (UNDP) and the 10th European Development Fund (EDF).