The Economics and Statistics Office (ESO) fall labour force survey is underway.
Four dozen trained ESO interviewers are going door-to-door on all three islands to collect data that will help the ESO monitor key economic indicators.
Some 1,500 randomly selected households will be receiving a visit from the ESO over the next few weeks.
“The trained interviewer first of all, will introduce themselves, and present their ESO ID card, then they might give them a brief synopsis about the survey, leading from there, now they will start to ask questions,” said ESO Senior Statistician in the Social Statistics Unit Andrelene Royal.
Many of these questions pertain to demographics like age, sex, and immigration status, as well as employment characteristics. Ms. Royal told Cayman 27 this data helps the ESO estimate key economic indicators.
“The most important thing about the need to gather this long-term data for this survey is, that one, it provides the ESO with the ability to have comparable key indicators such as the unemployment rate,” she explained.
She said the ESO has been tracking Cayman’s unemployment rate since 1991. The spring 2018 survey measured overall unemployment at 3.4%, down from 4.1% the previous spring.
Ms. Royal said for those randomly selected households, participating in the survey is relatively quick and painless.
“On average we expect the service to take no more than half an hour of any household’s time,” said Ms. Royal.
She said ESO interviewers need to be somewhat persistent to achieve a response rate of 96%.
“We find that we need to convince the members of the household on the usefulness of the [labour force survey], thankfully persons have eventually cooperated,” she said.
She is appealing for similar cooperation from the public for this fall’s labour force survey.
Ms. Royal says data collected in the labour force survey interviews is kept in the strictest confidence. Individual data will not be published or used outside the ESO and is exempted from the freedom of information act.
This fall’s survey results are expected to be published next March.
For further information on any aspect of the survey or results of previous surveys, contact the Economics & Statistics Office at 516-3329, 949-0940 or visit www.eso.ky.