Employment and unemployment

Emploment statistics count and describe people with paid jobs though varying definitions of employment and unemployment in the Pacific make it difficult to analyse and compare labour market data.

In general, unemployment statistics count and describe people who don't have a paid job but could be working. An unemployed person is defined as someone who:

  • is of working age
  • has no paid job
  • is available for work
  • has looked for work in the last x number of weeks (x varies between countries).
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Unemployment-rates

News & Publications

What do the statistics tell us about the Impacts of COVID-19 on PICT Economies

October 5, 2021
Almost eighteen months on since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide, Pacific economies are still grappling with its impact and putting in place their economic recovery efforts.

Pre-COVID-19 baseline indicators for 9 Pacific Island countries

December 14, 2020
As the world is facing an unprecedented crisis with the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Pacific region has not been as affected as the rest of the world when it comes to infection rates, but the economic implication of the pandemic has been catastrophic across many of the 22 Pacific Island countries and territories.

Visitor arrival numbers slump in the Pacific Island Countries and Territories

December 9, 2020
All around the world, COVID-19 is having serious impacts on the tourism industry. The Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs) are no exception.

Impact of COVID-19 on International Merchandise Trade (IMTS) in the Pacific

October 14, 2020
Many economic sectors of Pacific Island Countries have been deeply affected by the COVID-19 crisis. This is the case of International Merchandise Trade, for which statistics covering the first 6 months of the year 2020 in Fiji, Samoa, Tonga and Tuvalu have become available.

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