Poverty Survey in the making

The Central Statistical Office, a Division of the Ministry of Finance, will soon be conducting a poverty assessment survey.

Halim Brizan – in charge of the nation’s statistics

Halim Brizan – in charge of the nation’s statistics

Director of Statistics, Halim Brizan who made the disclosure on a radio programme said his Division will be using the 2014 labour force survey as an avenue to collect information on poverty.

Brizan, the son of former Prime Minister, George Brizan, indicated that poverty has many dimensions, and it is not just limited to income.

He said it is not correct to limit poverty to someone’s income as the whole picture is not seen.

The Director of Statistics stated that in conducting the poverty assessment survey the different dimensions such as health, education, employment and living conditions will be examined.

“Employment is one thing, but poverty is a bigger picture, and even though you’re employed you could be poor,” he explained.

The 2014 labour force survey that was recently published claims that Grenada has an unemployment rate of 28.9 percent.

Grenada’s population is estimated at 109,000 persons, and the labour force which groups both the employed and unemployed is 57,735 persons.

Brizan said that approximately 41,046 people are currently employed on the island.

He also announced that prior to the next Labour Force Survey that is expected to be done in September, his Division will be doing a relisting of households that were sampled as they have observed noticeable movements in households across the country.

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