May 25, 2015 News
Nearly a year after the Bureau of Statistics revealed the 2012 population census to the public, the final report is expected to be revealed shortly.
In late June last year, the statistics body unveiled the preliminary findings of the 2012 Population and Housing Census which showed that Guyana’s population had decreased rather than increase since 2002. The drop had been at about 3,000 persons.
However, the body could only provide preliminary information but promised a subsequent report in the second quarter of 2015.
With June rapidly approaching and marking the entrance in the second quarter, the final report is expected any time soon. The final report is set to include a number of additional information, including data on the employment and unemployment rates in the country along with the ethnic makeup of the population.
According to the 2012 Census report, Guyana recorded a marginal decline of 3,339 persons from the 2002 Census report. In September 2002, the Guyanese population was recorded at 751,223 while the new count was down to 747,884 persons as of September 15, 2012.
The preliminary report looked at the broad parameters of the population including the density of the administrative regions and the male to female ratio of the population. Further, the preliminary report took a look at the building stocks of the country.
The decline from 2002 to 2012 represents an annual negative growth rate of 0.004%, the report showed.
It had previously been indicated that the conducting of the 2012 Census had been plagued with challenges including the lack of skilled personnel and issues with making conduct with persons.
The 2012 Census was the 17th National Census of Guyana and was also Guyana’s seventh Post-War National Census of Population and Housing. As part of the conducting of the census, Guyana joined the regional movement led by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat as part of the United Nations’ mandate to execute the 2010 Global Round of Censuses.
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