Labour market on Bonaire

On 10 October 2010, the islands Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba became public bodies of the Netherlands. The Netherlands is now responsible for compiling statistics for these islands. In October, Statistics Netherlands conducted a labour force survey to gather information about the labour market on Bonaire.

The results for the labour force on Bonaire are not completely comparable with those Statistics Netherlands publishes about the labour force in the Netherlands. Among the reasons for this are that for Bonaire there is no 12 hour per week threshold for workers, and the population aged 65 years and older is also included in the survey. The following definitions are used for Bonaire:

Employed labour force

All persons aged 15 years and older with a job or an own enterprise who had worked for at least 4 hours in the week preceding the survey and received remuneration for this work.


All persons aged 15 years and older who did not have a job on the date of the survey, and who had actively looked for a job in the month preceding the survey, and were available to start work within two weeks.

Non-active on the labour market

All persons aged 15 years and older who do not have a job, and are not unemployed.

Net labour participation

The employed labour force as a percentage of the total population aged 15 years and older.

Unemployment rate

The number of jobseekers as a percentage of the labour force (aged 15 years and older).