Today, the Statistical Institute of Belize published its latest statistics on the consumer price index, external trade, and the preliminary results for the September round of the 2017 Labour Force Survey.
Consumer Price Index
Figures released by the Institute show that the All-Items Consumer Price Index for November 2017 stood at 105.2, an increase from 104.2 in November 2016. On average, during this month in 2017, the prices of goods and services regularly purchased by Belizean households were 0.9 percent higher than they were in the same month of 2016. For the first eleven months of 2017, a year-to-date inflation rate of 1.2 percent was recorded.
Click the following link to read more: Consumer Price Index, November 2017
In November 2017, Belize imported goods valuing $154.5 million. This represented a 7.7 percent or $12.8 million decrease from the same month last year. Merchandise imports for the first eleven months of 2017 totaled $1.7 billion, representing a 4.5 percent or $77.4 million decrease from the same period last year.
The total value of Belize’s domestic exports for the month of November 2017 was $16.9 million, down 11.4 percent or $2.2 million from the $19.1 million recorded for November 2016. Merchandise exports for the period January to November 2017 totaled $429.9 million, up 12 percent or $45.9 million from the same period last year.
Click the following link to read more: External Trade, November 2017
The Statistical Institute of Belize’s preliminary results from its September 2017 Labour Force Survey indicated that the
national unemployment rate for that month was 9.7 percent, a decline of 1.4 percentage points from 11.1 percent in September 2016. This fall in the unemployment rate can be attributed for the most part to an increase in the number of employed persons for the period, particularly urban females.
Click the following link to read more: Labour Force Survey, September 2017