FILIPINOS BIGGEST ETHNIC GROUP IN NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS

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By Jojo Dass

SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands (November 10, 1998 - Marianas Variety)---Filipino nationals comprise the bulk of the Commonwealth's 58,800 population, according to a newly-released government statistical report obtained by Variety.

The report, prepared by the Department of Commerce (DOC), showed that there are 19,400 Filipino nationals, the single, biggest ethnic group in the CNMI.

They are followed by the Chamorros, which comprise 13,800 of the total population.

The report covers a 1995 baseline survey on social, economic and housing characteristics of the Commonwealth.

According to the report, there were 2,400 Carolinians; 1,900 Palauans; 1, 200 Chuukese; and 600 Pohnpeians in the CNMI as of that year.

Further, the report said there were 6,700 Chinese nationals; 2,300 Korean nationals; and close to 1,000 Japanese nationals in the CNMI as of the same year.

Moreover, according to the report, Filipino nationals also form the single biggest ethnic group of workers, comprising 16,500 of the Commonwealth's 37,540-man labor force in 1995.

Chinese nationals comprise the second biggest ethnic group number in the labor force, accounting for 6,440 of the total. Chamorros follow in third place, with 6,400 individuals in the labor force.

Meantime, the report also showed that the Philippines continues to be a major supplier of labor for the CNMI, having sent 45 percent of the islands' employed workers in 1995 and virtually dominating all industry sectors.

Chinese and other Asian nationals compose the second biggest bloc of workers, with about 9,000 workers employed, the bulk of them in the manufacturing sector.

Among locals, Chamorros comprise the biggest group of private sector workers with 5,500 employed, mostly in the services industry.

According to the report, 3,000 Filipino nationals are employed in the construction sector; 1,269 in manufacturing; 6,500 in the services sector; and 3,100 in retail trade.

There are 15,300 Filipino nationals in the private sector; 500 in the public sector; and 140 self-employed.

Chamorros, for their part, comprise the largest number of workers employed in the public sector, accounting for 3,120 of the total 5,000 individuals employed.

Meantime, the report also showed that the services sector was the Commonwealth's biggest employer in 1995, accounting for 11,200 of all workers employed.

This was followed by the manufacturing sector which employed 7,800 workers.

Transportation, communication and other public utilities employed 2,500 workers in 1995.

For additional reports from the Marianas Variety, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Newspapers/Marianas Variety.

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