Haiti – Moderate Decrease of Unemployment in 2016
Haiti’s unemployment for 2016 decreased for a fourth year in a row, albeit moderately – 13.2% of the total labor force, compared to 13.5% in 2015. This result is marginally worse than 2015 when the country experienced a 0.4% decrease compared to the previous year, but still can be considered as a positive trend in battling unemployment which has plagued the country during the last two decades.
The labor force in the country also experienced a small surge during 2016, with 4.81mn people employed against the 4.71mn in 2015 – a 2.2% increase. Unemployment among the female population continues to be higher – 15.1% of the female labor force, while the male unemployment fell from 11.7% to 11.4% in 2016. Youth unemployment continues to be high with 33.4% of the aged 15-24 eligible for work being unemployed.
In 2016 Haiti continues to be one of the poorest countries in the world with regard to GDP per employed person – 4,296 intl $ per year which is a 1% decrease compared to 2015. This number ranks below the average of the least developed countries which stands at 5,756 intl $.
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