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Barbados - Economy (Facts)
Economy - overview: Historically, the Barbadian economy had been dependent on sugarcane cultivation and related activities, but production in recent years has diversified into light industry and tourism. Offshore finance and information services are important foreign exchange earners. The government continues its efforts to reduce unemployment, to encourage direct foreign investment, and to privatize remaining state-owned enterprises. The economy contracted in 2002-03 mainly due to a decline in tourism. Growth was positive in 2005-06, as economic conditions in the US and Europe moderately improved.
GDP - real growth rate: 3.5% (2006 est.)
GDP (purchasing power parity): $5.146 billion (2006 est.)
GDP (official exchange rate): $3.142 billion (2006 est.)
GDP - per capita (PPP): $18,400 (2006 est.)
GDP - composition by sector: agriculture: 6%
industry: 16%
services: 78% (2000 est.)
Population below poverty line: NA
Household income or consumption by percentage share: lowest 10%: NA
highest 10%: NA
Inflation rate (consumer prices): -0.5% (2003 est.)
Labor force: 128,500 (2001 est.)
Labor force - by occupation: agriculture: 10%
industry: 15%
services: 75% (1996 est.)
Unemployment rate: 10.7% (2003 est.)
Budget: revenues: $847 million (including grants)
expenditures: $886 million; including capital expenditures of NA (2000 est.)
Industries: tourism, sugar, light manufacturing, component assembly for export
Industrial production growth rate: -3.2% (2000 est.)
Electricity - production: 896 million kWh (2004)
Electricity - consumption: 833.3 million kWh (2004)
Electricity - exports: 0 kWh (2004)
Electricity - imports: 0 kWh (2004)
Oil - production: 1,000 bbl/day (2004)
Oil - consumption: 11,000 bbl/day (2004 est.)
Oil - exports: NA bbl/day
Oil - imports: NA bbl/day
Oil - proved reserves: 2.509 million bbl (1 January 2005)
Natural gas - production: 29.17 million cu m (2004 est.)
Natural gas - exports: 0 cu m (2004 est.)
Natural gas - imports: 0 cu m (2004 est.)
Agriculture - products: sugarcane, vegetables, cotton
Exports: $209 million (2004 est.)
Exports - commodities: sugar and molasses, rum, other foods and beverages, chemicals, electrical components
Exports - partners: Trinidad and Tobago 16.3%, UK 11.1%, US 10.9%, Saint Lucia 9.2%, Jamaica 8.7%, Grenada 5.1%, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 5%, Saint Kitts & Nevis 4.3%, Canada 4% (2006)
Imports: $1.476 billion (2004 est.)
Imports - commodities: consumer goods, machinery, foodstuffs, construction materials, chemicals, fuel, electrical components
Imports - partners: US 29.5%, Trinidad and Tobago 26.4%, UK 5.8%, China 5% (2006)
Debt - external: $668 million (2003)
Economic aid - recipient: $9.1 million (1995)
Currency: Barbados Dollar (BBD)
Currency code: BBD
Exchange rates: Barbadian dollars per US dollar - 2 (2006), 2 (2005), 2 (2004), 2 (2003), 2 (2002)
Fiscal year: 1 April - 31 March


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