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Virgin Islands British Economy 2008


Economy - overview: Tourism is the primary economic activity, accounting for 80% of GDP and employment. The islands hosted 2.6 million visitors in 2005. The manufacturing sector consists of petroleum refining, textiles, electronics, pharmaceuticals, and watch assembly. One of the world's largest petroleum refineries is at Saint Croix. The agricultural sector is small, with most food being imported. International business and financial services are small but growing components of the economy. The islands are vulnerable to substantial damage from storms. The government is working to improve fiscal discipline, to support construction projects in the private sector, to expand tourist facilities, to reduce crime, and to protect the environment.
GDP (purchasing power parity): $1.577 billion (2004 est.)
GDP (official exchange rate): $NA
GDP - real growth rate: 2% (2002 est.)
GDP - per capita (PPP): $14,500 (2004 est.)
GDP - composition by sector: agriculture: 1% industry: 19% services: 80% (2003 est.)
Labor force: 43,980 (2004 est.)
Labor force - by occupation: agriculture: 1% industry: 19% services: 80% (2003 est.)
Unemployment rate: 6.2% (2004)
Household income or consumption by percentage share: lowest 10%: NA% highest 10%: NA%
Budget: revenues: $NA expenditures: $NA
Inflation rate (consumer prices): 2.2% (2003)
Agriculture - products: fruit, vegetables, sorghum; Senepol cattle
Industries: tourism, petroleum refining, watch assembly, rum distilling, construction, pharmaceuticals, textiles, electronics
Industrial production growth rate: NA%
Electricity - production: 960 million kWh (2006 est.)
Electricity - consumption: 892.8 million kWh (2006 est.)
Electricity - exports: 0 kWh (2007 est.)
Electricity - imports: 0 kWh (2007 est.)
Oil - production: 17,620 bbl/day (2007 est.)
Oil - consumption: 91,680 bbl/day (2007 est.)
Oil - exports: 398,500 bbl/day (2005)
Oil - imports: 492,300 bbl/day (2005)
Oil - proved reserves: NA
Natural gas - production: 0 cu m (2007 est.)
Natural gas - consumption: 0 cu m (2007 est.)
Natural gas - exports: 0 cu m (2007 est.)
Natural gas - imports: 0 cu m (2007 est.)
Natural gas - proved reserves: 0 cu m (1 January 2006 est.)
Exports: $4.234 billion (2001)
Exports - commodities: refined petroleum products
Exports - partners: US, Puerto Rico (2006)
Imports: $4.609 billion (2001)
Imports - commodities: crude oil, foodstuffs, consumer goods, building materials
Imports - partners: US, Puerto Rico (2006)
Debt - external: $NA
Currency (code): US dollar (USD)
Exchange rates: the US dollar is used

NOTE: The economy information regarding Virgin Islands British on this page is re-published from the 2008 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Virgin Islands British Economy 2008 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Virgin Islands British Economy 2008 should be addressed to the CIA.