According to statistics derived from the Continuous Household Labour Force Survey, approximately 16,300 persons were unemployed in 2012 at a rate of 11.6 per cent.
This represented some 7,900 males or 10.9 per cent, while 8,400 females or 12.3 per cent were unemployed.
In the review period, the number of persons employed totalled 125,200 of whom 64,800 were males and 60,400 were females. In total the number of persons in the labour force stood at 141,700, consisting of 72,800 males and 68,900 females. The number of persons not actively looking for work, hence excluded from the labour force was 72,300 persons. A total of 28,400 males and 43,900 females were excluded from the labour force. The Labour Force participation rate stood at 66.2 per cent, with participation among males at 71.9 per cent and 61.0 per cent among females.
In 2012, the Wholesale and Retail Trade sector generated jobs for the largest number of persons, employing 20,200 persons, while the Construction, Mining and Quarrying sector employed 13,000 persons. Employment generation in the Accommodation and Food Services sector was 12,700 persons, while 9,600 persons were employed in the Public Administration and Defence sector. Employment levels in the Manufacturing sector and the Transportation and Storage sector reached 8,400 persons and 7,500 persons respectively. The Administrative and Support Service sector generated jobs for 7,000 persons, while the Education sector employed 6,900 persons. Employment in the Human Health and Social Work Sector reached 6,600 persons.
The Other Groups Sector generated employment for 6,600 persons and employment in the Finance and Insurance sector stood at 6,000 persons. Employment in Other Services reached 5,200 persons, while 5,000 persons were employed in the Activities of Households as Employers. The levels of employment in the Professional, Scientific and Technical Services sector and the Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing sector stood at 4,300 persons and 3,500 persons respectively. The Electricity, Gas, Steam, Water and Air Conditioning sector generated jobs for 2,900 persons.