Census reveals local unemployment

Caymanian unemployment stayed steady at just under 10 per cent in late 2010, while non-Caymanian unemployment rose slightly to 3.1 per cent.
Those figures were included in the full report for the 2010 Census, which was released Wednesday in the Cayman Islands Legislative Assembly.
According to the document, total employment was registered at 34,214.

Caymanians accounted for 15,453 (45.2%) of total employment while non-Caymanians had 18,761 (or 54.8%). Meanwhile, the unemployed reached 2,280 or 6.2 percent of the labour force. Unemployed Caymanians was counted at 1,676 while unemployed non-Caymanians were counted at 604 resulting in unemployment rates of 9.8 per cent and 3.1 percent respectively.

Male Caymanians have the highest unemployment rate (11.5%), followed by female Caymanians (8.1%), female non-Caymanians (3.6%) and male non-Caymanians (2.7%).

Across age groups, the highest unemployment rate (25.1%) was recorded among male Caymanians aged 15-24 years.

The top five occupational groups in terms of total employment are service and sales (19.3%), professional (16.6%), elementary occupations (13.7%), technicians and associate professionals (13.3%) and craft and related occupations (11.6%).  Of these top five occupations, only the professional group has more Caymanians than non-Caymanians.

The top five industries in terms of employment are wholesale and retail (12.1%), construction (11.3%), financial services (10.4%), households as employers (8.6%), and general public administration (8.2%). Of the top five industries, the financial services and general public administration have more Caymanians than non-Caymanians.

Among the employed Caymanians, 51.4 percent have earnings below the GDP per capita bracket ($38,400-$57,599) while 21.5 percent are within this bracket, and 23.6 percent are above this bracket. Among the employed non-Caymanians, 69.4 percent earn below the GDP per capita bracket, 11.8 percent are within this bracket while 15.9 percent earn higher than this bracket. 

The number of households in the Cayman Islands increased by 52.7 percent from 14,907 in the 1999 Census to 22,760 in the 2010 Census, while the average household size declined from 2.6 persons in the 1999 Census to 2.4 persons in 2010.

Other data

The 2010 Census report presents results of the Census conducted from 10 October, 2010 to 16 December, 2010. The information comprises the country’s demography, disability and illness, education, marital and union status, fertility, employment, household and housing characteristics. 

The total population of the country in 2010 stood at 55,456, comprising 420 people living in institutions, including prisons and dormitories, and 55,036 people living in households or non-institutions.  

The non-institutional population in 2010 (55,036) grew by 41.0 percent over the 1999 Census count (39,020). This overall growth is largely due to an increase in the Caymanian population:  there were 10,488 more Caymanians or an increase of 52.0 percent, as compared to 5,604 more non-Caymanians or an increase of 40.4 percent.

The majority of the non-institutional population live in George Town (51.0%), followed by West Bay (20.4%), Bodden Town (19.2%), Sister Islands (4.2%), North Side (2.7%) and East End (2.6%). Compared to the 1999 population, Bodden Town recorded the highest growth rate at 82.9 percent. The other districts grew at significantly lower rates: North Side (37.1%) George Town (36.2%), West Bay (36.1%), Sister Islands (18.5%) and East End (2.6%)

The country’s population have citizenship from 135 countries and territories in the world with 20.1 percent claiming dual citizenships. Not surprisingly, 55.2 percent or 29,720 of all residents claimed Cayman Islands citizenship, followed by Jamaican (21.8%) and the United Kingdom (9.4%) citizenships.

Among the population, 86.8 percent have health insurance, 0.2 percent are deemed uninsurable while 12.1 percent have no insurance.

Among the residents five years old and above, a total of 11,441 attend school full-time (9,021), part-time (2,353) or are home-schooled (67).

Among the residents 15 years and older, 51.0 percent are legally married while a significant percentage have never been married (36.3%). The marriage rate is generally higher among non-Caymanians (52.9%) than Caymanians (49.2%). However the divorce rate is almost twice among Caymanians (10.1%) than among non-Caymanians (5.1%).


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