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Survey reveals Eleuthera job data

Full-time employment on Eleuthera was recorded at 52 percent, compared to 58 percent nationwide.

While there’s been a lot of buzz about the proposed Disney cruise port at Lighthouse Point in South Eleuthera and the polling done to gauge reaction to it, one of the more interesting takeaways of the polling is usually the breakdown of the demographic data and the picture that it paints.

In the case of Eleuthera, the picture is a bit different from what it looks like on a national level.

Public Domain conducted a nationwide survey on the Disney project and a local oversampling of Eleuthera between September 27 and October 7, 2018.

The telephone survey, which was commissioned and paid for by Disney, interviewed 217 respondents throughout Eleuthera.

Unemployment on Eleuthera was at seven percent overall, compared to eight percent nationally.

The Labour Force Survey, which the Department of Statistics produces twice a year, pegs the national unemployment number at 10 percent.

The Public Domain survey asked respondents about income range and gender, as well as part-time and self-employment status.

Though the unemployment rate was lower on Eleuthera, the part time employment rate was 10 percent, compared to seven percent nationally.

The self-employment rate on Eleuthera was 18 percent, compared to 12 percent nationally.

Full-time employment on Eleuthera was recorded at 52 percent, compared to 58 percent nationwide.

Two percent of Eleuthera respondents said they were homemakers, compared to one percent nationwide.

Nine percent of Eleuthera respondents said they were retired, compared to 11 percent nationwide.

None of the respondents on Eleuthera said they were students, compared to two percent of respondents nationwide.

None of the respondents on Eleuthera said they would like to work but have a disability, compared to one percent of respondents nationwide.

The surveys also showed differences in support for Disney relative to household income nationwide, as well as on Eleuthera.

The majority of Bahamian residents who are in support of the proposed Disney Cruise Line development at Lighthouse Point had a total household income of $30,000, according to a recent national survey conducted by Public Domain.

The national survey, which was released on Monday, showed that 66 percent of respondents who indicated that they knew about the project were in support of it.

The Eleuthera oversample results were released on Tuesday.

It revealed that 72 percent of those surveyed support the proposed project.

Forty-two percent of national respondents said high school was their highest level of education, compared to 26 percent who said college was their highest level of education.

Fifty-two percent of Eleuthera respondents said high school was their highest level of education, compared to 16 percent who said college was their highest level of education.

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