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July 7, 2009
For immediate release
2008 Annual Statistical Review Provides a Comprehensive Picture of Life on the Island
We take a close look at population, labour force, personal incomes and industry factors whenever we plan for the future, said Provincial Treasurer Wes Sheridan. The Annual Statistical Review is widely regarded as a choice source for this information. It provides a real snapshot of what is happening right across our province.
PEI Highlights from 2008 include:
Island population totals 139,818;
Economic growth of 0.9 per cent;
Employment increased by 1.3 per cent to average 70,200 for the year;
Unemployment Rate increased slightly to 10.8 per cent;
Total labour income increased by 3.7 per cent;
Farm cash receipts valued $390.3 million, an increase of 1.1 per cent;
The value of retail sales increased by 5.6 per cent;
Housing starts totaled 712.
The 35th Annual Statistical Review contains new data tables on Justice and the Health of Islanders. The document can be viewed online at www.gov.pe.ca/photos/original/pt_annualreview.pdf.
Printed copies will be available soon from Island Information Service, 11 Kent Street, Charlottetown (tel. 1-902-368-4000, fax 1-902-368-5544).