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Unemployment in Vanuatu

Jowitt, Anita L. (2001) Unemployment in Vanuatu. Development Bulletin, 26 . pp. 55-57. ISSN 1035-1132

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The problem of unemployment is increasingly becoming an issue of concern for Vanuatu. As the cash economy becomes more central to people’s lives, so too are more people wishing to engage in paid labour instead of, or in addition to, engaging in traditional subsistence agriculture. It has been difficult to comment on this issue because of the paucity of reliable and comprehensive data on the labour market. In recent years, however, there have been several surveys or censuses that have collected data on employment. Of particular note are the 2000 Labour Market Survey (LMS), the 1999 Vanuatu National Population and Housing Census (‘the census’), and the 1998 Household Income and Expenditure Survey (HIES) (NSO 1999a, 1999b, 2000). In 2001 the National Office of Statistics will also be releasing the 2000 informal sector survey report. This article draws on recent census and labour market survey reports in order to give an overview of labour and the growing problem of unemployment in Vanuatu.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > School of Law
Depositing User: Ms Mereoni Camailakeba
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2001 20:12
Last Modified: 01 May 2012 02:05

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