The Belize Labour Force Survey for April 2015 has been released. The survey sampled 2,800 households and looked for three key things, the size and structure of the labour force, employment and unemployment rates and labour force participation. According to its figures, unemployment is down by one percent. In April 138,145 persons were recorded as employed, an increase to 2014 records in the same time at 13,587. This means full time workers or part time, or what Belizeans call “Ketch and Kill”. The mean average salary stands at $1, 192. Unemployment on the other hand stands at 15, 544 person’s states the report. This is a decrease from 16,730 in April of 2014. Of these 40.7% are men and 59.3% are women. 10, 780 people have been unemployed for a long period of time, which is up by 175 persons from April 2014 or is 69.4% of the unemployed force. The highest unemployment rate is recorded in the Stann Creek District at 14.6%, followed by Cayo at 13.4% and Belize at 10.3%. Districts showing unemployment rates under ten percent include Corozal at 6.8%, Orange Walk at 6.3% and the lowest rate is in the Toledo District at 3.7%. The unemployment rate of 10.1% reflects a decrease over the last three years in the same month which stood at 14.4% in 2012, 11.7% in 2013 and 11.1% in 2014.
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