Sao Tome and Principe: Unemployment rate total 27.7 percent in 2006

7 December 2007

Sao Tome, Sao Tome and Principe, 7 Dec – The unemployment rate in Sao Tome and Principe reached 27.7 percent in 2006, as compared with 29.5 percent the previous year, according to a statement issued Thursday by the archipelago’s National Statistics Institute (INE).

According to INE, the rate recorded in 2006 represented 17,364 unemployed out of an active population of 62,619 individuals, which is 41 percent of the archipelago’s entire population.

The INE document also said that between January and December 2006, the unemployment rate amongst women was 29 percent against 26 percent for men.

In 2005, with an active population rate of 41 percent, there were 18,234 unemployed, when the archipelago was inhabited by 148,968 people, the INE added citing several national surveys on employment and unemployment and a general census of the population carried out between 2000 and 2006.

The INE document, entitled “Indicators of employment and unemployment by gender, 2000-2006,” also said that the employment rate was 29.8 percent and sub-employment (occasional employment) was 13.5 percent. (macauhub)