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An Economic Analysis of Unemployment in Trinidad and Tobago

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Unemployment is regarded as one of the most challenging economic problems facing the governments of the Caribbean. Although there are variations in the measurement of unemployment, official estimates obtained from labor force surveys indicate that in 1995 the unemployment rate ranged from 7. 8 percent in Antigua/Barbuda to 19. 7 percent in Barbados. This paper explores unemployment in Trinidad and Tobago.

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  • Andrew S. Downes, 1998. "An Economic Analysis of Unemployment in Trinidad and Tobago," Research Department Publications 4134, Inter-American Development Bank, Research Department.
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