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    Jersey Economy - 2004

      Economy - overview:
      The economy is based largely on international financial services, agriculture, and tourism. Potatoes, cauliflower, tomatoes, and especially flowers are important export crops, shipped mostly to the UK. The Jersey breed of dairy cattle is known worldwide and represents an important export income earner. Milk products go to the UK and other EU countries. In 1996 the finance sector accounted for about 60% of the island's output. Tourism, another mainstay of the economy, accounts for 24% of GDP. In recent years, the government has encouraged light industry to locate in Jersey, with the result that an electronics industry has developed alongside the traditional manufacturing of knitwear. All raw material and energy requirements are imported, as well as a large share of Jersey's food needs. Light taxes and death duties make the island a popular tax haven.

      purchasing power parity - $2.2 billion (1999 est.)

      GDP - real growth rate:

      GDP - per capita:
      purchasing power parity - $24,800 (1999 est.)

      GDP - composition by sector:
      agriculture: 5%
      industry: 2%
      services: 93% (1996)

      Population below poverty line:

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

      Inflation rate (consumer prices):
      4.7% (1998)

      Labor force:
      57,050 (1996)

      Unemployment rate:
      0.7% (1998 est.)

      revenues: $601 million
      expenditures: $588 million, including capital expenditures of $98 million (2000 est.)

      tourism, banking and finance, dairy

      Industrial production growth rate:

      Electricity - imports:
      NA kWh; note - electricity supplied by France

      Agriculture - products:
      potatoes, cauliflower, tomatoes; beef, dairy products


      Exports - commodities:
      light industrial and electrical goods, foodstuffs, textiles

      Exports - partners:


      Imports - commodities:
      machinery and transport equipment, manufactured goods, foodstuffs, mineral fuels, chemicals

      Imports - partners:

      Debt - external:

      Economic aid - recipient:

      British pound (GBP); note - there is also a Jersey pound

      Currency code:

      Exchange rates:
      Jersey pounds per US dollar - 0.6661 (2002), 0.6944 (2001), 0.6596 (2000), 0.6180 (1999); the Jersey pound is at par with the British pound

      Fiscal year:
      1 April - 31 March

      NOTE: The information regarding Jersey on this page is re-published from the 2004 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Jersey Economy 2004 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Jersey Economy 2004 should be addressed to the CIA.

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