The number of people in work rose marginally in 2013 according to a new labour report released today.

The 2013 Labour Force Survey revealed that employment in Bermuda increased to 35,989 in 2013 from 35,874 in 2012. 

While the study also found that last year's unemployment rate was 7 per cent – a drop of one percentage point from the previous year.

The unemployment rate was measured during the week of 13-19 of May when 2,569 people were looking for work.

The 2013 data also shows that there were 27,309 Bermudians and 5,443 non-Bermudians in the workforce.

The proportion of Bermudian workers at 76 per cent was identical to that reported in 2012.

According to the new survey the median gross annual employment income rose 6 per cent from $58,698 to $62,211.

While the average number of hours worked per week in the main job increased to 41 hours. 

 

Labour Market Indicators

Year

2013

2012

2010

2009

Labour Force

38,5581

39,1791

39,7802

38,2631

Employed

35,989

35,874

37,197

36,549

Unemployed

2,569

3,305

2,583

1,714

Participation Rate

82%

83%R

84%

81%R

Unemployment Rate

7%

8%

6%

4%

Average hours worked per week in main job

41

38

42

41

Median gross income

$62,211

$58,698

$58,355

$58,600

             1 – 2013, 2012 and 2009 Labour Force Survey

             2 – Census of Population and Housing

             R – Revised               

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UPDATE:  Minister Fahy response

The public will be aware that the Department of Statistics released the 2013 Labour Force Survey earlier today. Some of the survey’s highlights include:

• Employment increased to 35,989 in 2013 from 35,874 in 2012.

• The unemployment rate was measured at 7% in 2013.

• Unemployment was lower at 2,569 persons.

• The labour force participation rate fell from 83% to 82%

• Median gross annual employment income rose 6% from $58,698 to $62,211

• The average number of hours worked per week in the main job increased to 41 hours.

The Minister of Home Affairs, Sen. the Hon. Michael Fahy, JP, has had an opportunity to review the results, and in response, has offered the following:

“While we appreciate that the Labour Force Survey is simply an indicator, we are cautiously optimistic based on today’s information that there are signs that the economy is stabilizing. The Government will continue to implement programmes and initiatives aimed at stimulating our economy, which will eventually lead to job growth.” ~ Minister Michael Fahy.