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New fully automated questionnaires in place for timely data processing

The Department of Statistics will conduct its annual Labour Force Survey during the month of May. The information obtained will allow the government to obtain essential statistical data about the employment levels and characteristics of the country’s labor force.

The purpose of the Labour Force Survey is to determine how many people are employed, seeking employment and to gather additional information about the labor force including education level, age, occupation as well as the size and location of the labor force in The Bahamas.

Enumerators will visit selected households on the following islands:

• New Providence;

• Grand Bahama;

• Abaco;

• Inagua;

• The Berry Islands.

The Labour Force Survey is now fully automated, using computer-assisted personal interviewing (CAPI) tablets with built-in flows and edits. This replaces the previous paper questionnaires and also eliminates the need for data capture processes afterwards.

Official enumerators from the Department of Statistics will be wearing highly visible vests and identification badges. They will also have letters explaining the survey along with a summary sheet that will have data from the May 2018 survey.

In accordance with the Statistics Act, all selected households are required to respond accurately. They will provide valuable information about those who are employed, those who are unemployed and those looking for work.

If householders have questions, they are asked to please contact the Department of Statistics at 604-4000 or 604-4015.

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