ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada, December 1, 2017 (CMC) – Grenada has seen an increase in the size of its population, based on the latest data from the Central Statistics Office.
According to a report, as of June 2016, the island’s population expanded by 814 persons, bringing the count to 110,910 which, in 2015, stood at 110,096.
The 0.7 percent increase to the 2015 figures, which included 55,955 males and 54,955 females.
The data, which part of the annex documents to the 2018 Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure said, revealed that presently the 67.3 percent of the population are in the age group 15 to 64.
“The section of the population ages 0-14 years (24,201) persons and 65 years and above (12,023) were 21.8 percent and 10. percent respectively,” said the report, which explained that Grenada’s dependency ratio stood at 48.5%.
It also pointed out that the legal age for employment in Grenada is 16 and, according to the preliminary results of the 2017 labour force survey, the labour force in Grenada decreased by 3 percent, moving from 56,998 persons in 2016 to 55,268 in 2017.
Of that amount, Central Statistics said that 42,011 were employed and 13,257 were unemployed.
The labour force survey that was conducted in September 2017, was undertaken by the Central Statistical Office (CSO) of the Ministry of Finance and Energy, in collaboration with the OECS Commission, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Decent Work Team, the World Bank and the Office for the Caribbean and the United Nations Development Program.
A Labour Force Survey is a household sample survey that provides estimates of employment and unemployment.
The main objectives of the 2017 Labour Force Survey, which collected data from 1365 households, were – to divide the working-age population into three mutually exclusive classifications – employed, unemployed, and not in the labour force; to provide descriptive and explanatory data on each of these classifications; and to assess the level of poverty in Grenada, using the multi-dimensional approach to poverty measurement.
The annex report to the budget statement said that the high employment rate reflects low educational attainment among school leavers, most of whom had only primary, partial secondary or full secondary school.