Results Labour Force Survey 2018


Results Labour Force Survey 2018

A decreasing migration trend manifests in a lower unemployment rate.

In the month of September 2018, the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) conducted the Labour Force Survey (LFS) on Curaçao. The LFS is an annual household survey that is held annually in September/October since 1987 to measure the recent trends on the local labour market, such as the unemployment rate, the participation level, the number of the employed population and those looking for employment.

Since 2017, Curaçao has experienced negative migration with more people leaving than entering the country. This trend is now evident in the labour numbers recorded in 2018 as decreases were noted across all the different employment status: employed, unemployed and economically inactive population

The labour market, which consists of, those employed and unemployed has decreased from 73,147 to 70,153, which constitutes a decrease of 2,994 persons. In absolute numbers, the largest decrease happened in the employed population, yet the highest impact was felt in the unemployed population which decreased by 8.6 percentage points from 10,313 in 2017 to 9,424 in 2018.  The labour market shows a decrease in the unemployment rate from 14.1 percent in 2017 to 13.4 percent in 2018.

The major reason for being unemployed is still the bad economy but its share among those unemployed has increased from 34.6 percent to 52.2 percent. This is an indication of a growing dissatisfaction with the economy and the job market and it is also an indicator of negative migration trends. A sign of increasing emigration and decreasing immigration is a precursor of dissatisfaction resulting in people leaving the island to find employment somewhere else or not moving to the island as there is no work to be found.

The male unemployment rate had the biggest decrease from 12.9 to 11.3 percent while the female unemployment rate has remained the same with just 0.2% increase to 15.4%. This might be due to the size of the two groups. The male unemployed population decreased by 14% while the female unemployed population decreased by 4.6%.

Youth unemployment keeps improving and has reached a record low in the last 5 years of 29.3 percent.

CBS would like to thank all the households who participated and contributed to a successful survey.

You can stay up to date on all the ongoing CBS surveys and the results on the front page of the CBS website (, including the results for the Labour Force Survey 2018.


Bahada di sifra di desempleo ta un refleho di bahada di migrashon

Den luna di sèptèmber 2018, Ofisina Sentral di Statistik (CBS) a tene e Enkuesta di Forsa Laboral (na hulandes, AKO) na Kòrsou. AKO ta un enkuesta anual di kas di famia. For di 1987, ta tene esaki tur aña den luna di sèptèmber/òktober pa midi e tendensianan di mas resien riba merkado laboral, manera sifra di desempleo, nivel di partisipashon, e kantidat di habitante ku tin trabou i e kantidat ku ta buskando trabou.

For di 2017, Kòrsou a bin ta eksperensiá migrashon negativo, ku otro palabra, tin mas tantu hende ta bandoná e pais ku tin ta drenta. E tendensia akí a keda reflehá den e sifranan laboral registrá na 2018. Den e aña ei, por a mira bahada den tur e diferente státusnan laboral: e grupo empleá, e grupo desempleá i e poblashon ekonómikamente inaktivo.

Merkado laboral, ku ta konsistí di poblashon empleá i desempleá, a baha di 73.147 te 70.153. Esei ta un bahada di 2.994 persona. Si wak sifra apsoluto, e poblashon empleá tabatin e bahada di mas grandi; sin embargo, e grupo ku a sinti e impakto mas grandi ta e poblashon desempleá. E grupo akí a baha ku 8,6 punto porsentual, di 10.313 na 2017 te 9.424 na 2018. Den merkado laboral por mira un bahada den sifra di desempleo, di 14,1 porshento na 2017 te 13,4 porshento na 2018.

Aunke den pasado tambe e personanan enkuestá a kontestá ku e motibu prinsipal ku nan ta desempleá ta ku ekonomia ta malu, awor e porsentahe di esnan desempleá ku ta duna e kontesta akí a subi di 34,6 te 52,2 porshento. Esei ta indiká un malkontentu kresiente tokante ekonomia i merkado laboral. Na mes momento, e ta un indikadó tambe di e tendensia di migrashon negativo. Ora emigrashon ta subi i inmigrashon ta baha, esei ta un señal di malkontentu. Malkontentu ta pone ku hende ta bandoná e isla pa bai buska trabou otro kaminda, òf keda sin bin biba riba e isla ya ku no tin trabou.

Serka hende hòmber, desempleo a baha mas tantu, di 12,9 pa 11,3 porshento. Desempleo di hende muhé a keda práktikamente meskos, ku un oumento masha chikitu di 0,2%, di manera ku awor e ta na 15,4%. Esei por tin di aber ku tamaño di e dos gruponan akí. E poblashon di hende hòmber desempleá a baha ku 14 punto porsentual, na mes momento ku e poblashon di hende muhé desempleá a baha ku 4,6 punto porsentual.

Desempleo di hóben ta sigui mehorá. Awor el a baha te 29,3 porshento. Esei ta su nivel mas abou di e último sinku añanan.

CBS ta gradisí tur e kasnan di famia ku a kontribuí na éksito di e enkuesta akí.

Riba e página inisial di CBS su website (, bo por tene bo mes na altura di tur e enkuestanan di CBS ku ta andando i di e resultadonan di enkuesta ku CBS ta publiká, inkluso tur tabèl ku e resultadonan di Enkuesta di Forsa Laboral 2018.