Labour Force Down 4%: From 38,155 to 36,646

November 29, 2018

Today [Nov 29] the Department of Statistics issued a revised Labour Force Survey Report, noting that the labour force declined 4% from 38,155 to 36,646.

The Director of Statistics, Melinda Williams explained, “The public should note that the revised Labour Force Survey Report May 2018 amends the error or 2% decline to reflect a corrected figure of a 4% decline in the labour force between 2016 and 2018. However, the labour force figures of 38,155 in 2016 and 36,646 in 2018 were accurate and unaffected by the percentage difference.”

“The Department apologised for any inconvenience caused by the initial Report,” the Government added.

The revised Labour Force Survey Report follows below [PDF here]:

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  1. red rose says:

    Big error to make – and a big issue to address!

  2. responsibility says:

    So either someone was deliberately trying to deceive, or someone can’t do basic math. Either way, not impressed.

    • Trufth says:

      Agree. Neither impressed nor should anyone in their right mind trust anything that comes from this maths-challenged bunch of spin masters.

  3. Ringmaster says:

    The numbers in Table 2 for Bermudians and non Bermudians still make no sense. How did 4,000 Bermudians appear between 2016 and 2018 an 5,000 non Bermudians disappear?

  4. Politricks says:

    The numbers still don’t make sense. There is no way that the number of work permits decreased by over 50% since 2016 and the same goes for the additional 4 thousand or so Bermudians being employed since then.

    This report would have to be revised again.

  5. Ringmaster says:

    The only way the switch from non Bermudians to Bermudians can occur is “pathways to status”. Yet table 3 shows the change in black and white in the hundreds. Could this mean the PLP fear of dilution is a myth? Government needs to clarify the numbers, again.