Bermudians sign up for Senator Kim Wilson's unemployment registration drive at Devonshire Recreation Club in June. Government suggests that the unemployment rate may currently be higher than the 2010 census revealed. *File photo by Kageaki Smith
Bermudians sign up for Senator Kim Wilson's unemployment registration drive at Devonshire Recreation Club in June. Government suggests that the unemployment rate may currently be higher than the 2010 census revealed. *File photo by Kageaki Smith

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14: Unemployment is higher than the six per cent listed in the latest Census figures, Government said on Friday.

The official employment rate — measured in May last year — stood at six per cent.

But a report on the figures said: “It is reasonable to expect that the rates of unemployment in this report have grown higher given the subsequent number of employee layoffs that have occurred.”

The survey also showed that — despite males and females having equal numbers in the workforce — men found it harder to find a job.

The unemployment rate for men was seven per cent in May, 2010, compared to six per cent for women — 1,409 men looking work compared to 1,172 women.

The report also revealed that more Bermudians were out of work — a five per cent increase to eight per cent in 2010.

The rate outpaced the six per cent rate measured for the entire population.

A report on the 2010 Census said: “This is essentially due to the fact that non-Bermudians are recruited to work in positions not generally filled by Bermudians.

“Therefore, non-Bermudian workers who were laid off as a result of jobs cuts were most likely to repatriate or emigrate to another country to secure employment.”

The report added: “The number of Bermudians looking for employment rose from 838 in 2,000 to 2,419 in 2010. This comprised 1,352 males and 1,067 females.”