The Cayman Islands’ Compendium of Statistics 2008 Released
"ESO is pleased to release the Cayman Islands’ Compendium of Statistics 2008"ESO is pleased to release the Cayman Islands’ Compendium of Statistics 2008
The Compendium is a compilation of available annual socio-economic data up to 2008 with the objective of assisting policy-makers and analysts. It features ⫿The Cayman Islands at a Glance??? which is a snapshot of key economic and social indicators.
Of note, the estimated population at the end of 2008 was 57,009; an increase of 3.7 percent over 2007. The rate unemployment increased marginally to 4 percent for 3.8 percent in 2007. Merchandise imports was CI$876.5 million in 2008, increasing by 1.9 percent over the CI$860 million for 2007. The rate of inflation was 4.1 percent for 2008 increasing from the 2.9 percent registered for 2007.
Total enrolment (up to the secondary level) increased by 2.5% in 2008 to reach 7,512 students from 7,329 in 2007. Enrolment in government schools dropped by 1.2 percent while that of private schools improved by 8.9 percent. The total number of persons provided with assistance through the Department of Children and Family Services in 2008 rose to 6,647, an increase of 15.4 percent on the 5,760 recorded for 2007. The volume of court cases reported by the Judicial Department declined to 11,489 in 2008 from 14,015 in 2007 due mainly to a 19.1 percent decline in criminal cases (from 12,179 in 2007 to 9,848 in 2008). Road traffic accidents continued to increase in 2008 reaching 1,498 from 1,310 in 2007. However, the number of casualties declined by 13.2 percent (from 190 in 2007 to 165 in 2008).