Since 1987, the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) has been conducting Labour Force Survey (LFS) in Curaçao annually to provide reliable statistical information on the supply side of the labour market. 

The Labour Force Survey aims to measure the latest developments of the labour market in Curaçao. It mainly concerns the developments in the unemployment rate , the youth unemployment rate, the size of the working population  and the size of the unemployed population.

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Key figures




Employed population    61,54757,050
Unemployed population    12,99213,442
Labour force    74,53970,494
Economically not active population    49,71554,562
Participation rate (%)        48.546.7
Labour force participation rate (%)        59.756.4
Unemployment rate%        17.419.1
Youth unemployment rate %       41.742.2
Employment/total population (%)        40.137.8
Employment/population 15+ (%)        49.345.6


International Standard Classification of Occupations (ISCO)

CBS uses the International Standard Classification of Occupations (ISCO) in labour market statistics in order to classify profession to level. The International Standard Classification of Occupations (ISCO) is one of the main international classifications for which ILO is responsible. ISCO is a tool for organising jobs into a clearly defined set of groups according to the tasks and duties undertaken in the job. Its main aim are to provide: a basis for the international reporting, comparison and exchange of statistical and administrative data about occupations. Follow this link to the website of International Labour Organisation to download the International Standard Classification of Occupations (ISCO)(external link)