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    Aruba Economy 2001

      Economy - overview: Tourism is the mainstay of the Aruban economy, although offshore banking and oil refining and storage are also important. The rapid growth of the tourism sector over the last decade has resulted in a substantial expansion of other activities. Construction has boomed, with hotel capacity five times the 1985 level. In addition, the reopening of the country's oil refinery in 1993, a major source of employment and foreign exchange earnings, has further spurred growth. Aruba's small labor force and less than 1% unemployment rate have led to a large number of unfilled job vacancies, despite sharp rises in wage rates in recent years.

      GDP: purchasing power parity - $2 billion (2000 est.)

      GDP - real growth rate: 3.5% (2000 est.)

      GDP - per capita: purchasing power parity - $28,000 (2000 est.)

      GDP - composition by sector:
      agriculture: NA%
      industry: NA%
      services: NA%

      Population below poverty line: NA%

      Household income or consumption by percentage share:
      lowest 10%: NA%
      highest 10%: NA%

      Inflation rate (consumer prices): 4.2% (2000 est.)

      Labor force: 41,501 (1997 est.)

      Labor force - by occupation: most employment is in wholesale and retail trade and repair, followed by hotels and restaurants; oil refining

      Unemployment rate: 0.6% (1999 est.)

      revenues: $NA
      expenditures: $541 million, including capital expenditures of $NA (2000 est.)

      Industries: tourism, transshipment facilities, oil refining

      Industrial production growth rate: NA%

      Electricity - production: 450 million kWh (1999)

      Electricity - production by source:
      fossil fuel: 100%
      hydro: 0%
      nuclear: 0%
      other: 0% (1999)

      Electricity - consumption: 418.5 million kWh (1999)

      Electricity - exports: 0 kWh (1999)

      Electricity - imports: 0 kWh (1999)

      Agriculture - products: aloes; livestock; fish

      Exports: $2.2 billion (including oil reexports) (2000 est.)

      Exports - commodities: live animals and animal products, art and collectibles, machinery and electrical equipment, transport equipment

      Exports - partners: US 42%, Colombia 20%, Netherlands 12% (1999)

      Imports: $2.5 billion (2000 est.)

      Imports - commodities: machinery and electrical equipment, crude oil for refining and reexport, chemicals; foodstuffs

      Imports - partners: US 63%, Netherlands 11%, Netherlands Antilles 3%, Japan (1999)

      Debt - external: $285 million (1996)

      Economic aid - recipient: $26 million (1995); note - the Netherlands provided a $127 million aid package to Aruba and Suriname in 1996

      Currency: Aruban guilder/florin (AWG)

      Currency code: AWG

      Exchange rates: Aruban guilders/florins per US dollar - 1.7900 (fixed rate since 1986)

      Fiscal year: calendar year

      NOTE: The information regarding Aruba on this page is re-published from the 2001 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Aruba Economy 2001 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Aruba Economy 2001 should be addressed to the CIA.

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