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    Aruba Economy - 2002

      Economy - overview Tourism is the mainstay of the small, open Aruban economy, with offshore banking and oil refining and storage 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 low unemployment rate have led to a large number of unfilled job vacancies, despite sharp rises in wage rates in recent years. The government's goal of balancing the budget within two years will hamper expenditures, as will the decline in stopover tourist arrivals following the 11 September terrorist attacks.

      GDP purchasing power parity - $1.94 billion (2000 est.)

      GDP - real growth rate 2.5% (2000)

      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% (2000)

      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: $135.81 million
      expenditures: $147 million, including capital expenditures of $NA (2000)

      Industries tourism, transshipment facilities, oil refining

      Industrial production growth rate NA%

      Electricity - production 450 million kWh (2000)

      Electricity - production by source
      fossil fuel: 100%
      hydro: 0%
      other: 0% (2000)
      nuclear: 0%

      Electricity - consumption 418.5 million kWh (2000)

      Electricity - exports 0 kWh (2000)

      Electricity - imports 0 kWh (2000)

      Agriculture - products aloes; livestock; fish

      Exports $2.58 billion (including oil reexports) (f.o.b., 2000)

      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 $2.61 billion (f.o.b., 2000)

      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 2002 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Aruba Economy 2002 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Aruba Economy 2002 should be addressed to the CIA.

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