Economic activities


People, in general, are constantly searching for ways of providing for their own and their families’ livelihoods and so engage in many highly diversified activities thus the economic activities of a population are often very complex.  For example it is very common for many people to be primarily farmers, but to engage in non-farming activities at the same time. Furthermore, people may be involved in household duties, caring for children, sick or old people, or they may still be going to school.  So it is no surprise that the assessment of the economic activity of a population is a complex undertaking. 

The fact that in any population census the number of questions is limited must also be taken into account. As must the fact that in the 2005 National Population and Housing Census only three questions were dedicated to economic activities.

We are able to present eight indicators, which reveal not only important general information but also very interesting spatial patterns. The information in this section always refers to those activities undertaken in the 12 months prior to the census. This approach was chosen because it represents a reasonably stable measure of the economically active population and its structural distribution. It should be noted that all persons older than 10 years of age were counted. Thus school children are included since it is usual for many of these children to participate in agriculture or other types of economic activity.