Information on employment and wages/earnings is available in Palau through the Census of Population and also through the Department of Labor and Social Security. These statistics provide information about the occupations, areas of activity and earnings of employed people in Palau.

Labor Market Indicators 1980 1990 1995 2000 2005
Number of persons employed, males 3,544 4,735 5,827 5,982
Number of persons employed, females 2,057 3,045 3,556 3,795
Number of persons employed, urban 8,170 7,883
Number of persons employed, rural 1,213 1,894
Number of persons employed, private 1,182 3,484 5,098 6,338 6,389
Number of persons employed, public 1,563 2,115 2,661 2,745 3,388
Number Unemployed, males 289 321 121 232
Number Unemployed, females 182 267 103 194
Unemployment rate, urban 2% 3.5%
Unemployment rate, rural 7% 7.0%
Unemployment rate, males 16 – 24 5% 12.8%
Unemployment rate, females 16 – 24 6% 10.5%

Source: Office of Planning and Statistics