Labor force survey:

This survey aims to describe the labour force in a structural and cyclical way.

It is the only source providing a measure of the concepts of activity, unemployment, employment and inactivity as defined by the International Labour Office (ILO).


Some figures for the 2018 Labor Survey in French Polynesia:


3,900 households interviewed i.e. more than 10,000 people surveyed. The representative sample was constructed from the 2017 census:


- 2,300 households in Tahiti and Moorea;

- 580 households in the Leeward Islands (Raiatea, Tahaa, Bora-Bora, Huahine);

- 290 households in the Marquesas and Austral Islands;

- 430 households in Tuamotu-Gambier.




In it publication of the first results from the Labor Survey in the Windward group of French Polynesia, the ISPF concluded that the employment rate among the population of the archipelago of Society Islands (persons aged 15 to 64) was 51.2%, i.e. 85,200 people in employment.


Among employed people, 24% are self-employed (self-employed, entrepreneurs, family carers or informal workers). This rate is twice as high as in metropolitan France, and also higher than in the French overseas departments or New Caledonia (from 13% to 20%).