Economic Trivia

Barbados is the richest and most developed country in Eastern Caribbean.

Trade Source: United Nations Comtrade
Note: Top 3 trade partners are calculated by imports + exports.

Top 3 Trade Partners (2017): United States, Trinidad and Tobago, and China
Top 3 Exported Goods (2017): Oil & Mineral Fuels, Beverages, and Pharmaceuticals

Top Industries Source: CIA World Factbook

Tourism, Sugar, Light Manufacturing, Component Assembly For Export

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) [1]

GDP, PPP (current international) $5,302,755,008 (2017)
GDP Growth Rate (annual %) 1% (2017)
GDP Per Capita, PPP (current international) $18,526 (2017)
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GDP Country Rank 165/196 (2017)

GDP Composition %

Note: GDP composition percentage may exceed 100. Manufacturing is included in the Industry figures and is also reported separately because it plays a critical role in many economies.

Economic Indicators [1]

Inflation, consumer prices (annual %) 4.66% (2017)
External debt stocks, total (DOD, current US$) Data unavailable
Total tax rate (% of commercial profits) 35.3% (2018)
Real Interest Rate (5 year average %) 5.757% (2017)
Manufacturing, value added (% of GDP) 4.829% (2016)
Current Account Balance (BoP, current US$) ($248,161,275) (2013)
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Labor and Employment [1]

Labor Force, Total 155,283 (2018)
Employment in Agriculture (% of total employment) 2.795% (2018)
Employment in Industry (% of total employment) 19.228% (2018)
Employment in Services (% of total employment) 77.977% (2018)
Unemployment Rate 9.568% (2018)
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Trade [1]

Imports of goods and services (current US$) $2,096,638,450 (2017)
Exports of goods and services (current US$) $1,775,045,900 (2017)
Total Merchandise Trade (% of GDP) 44.613% (2017)
FDI, net inflows (BoP, current US$) $195,096,000 (2018)
Commercial Service Exports (current US$) $1,385,498,227 (2013)
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Economic Snapshot [1]

Note: Percentile ranks are calculated using the latest available data for all countries within the last 5 years.

How to interpret the graph: The purpose of this graph is to take a snapshot of a country’s economy in comparison to other economies. For example, Barbados’s Exports rank is higher than (please wait...) of the countries in the dataset. For Exports, FDI and GDP measures, a higher rank (closer to 100%) indicates a stronger economy. Conversely, for Unemployment and Inflation, a lower rank (closer to 0%) indicates a stronger economy.

Due to unavailable data the following indicators have been omitted:
  • Exports
  • FDI, net inflows
  • GDP Growth Rate
  • GDP Per Capita
  • Inflation
  • Unemployment


  1. The World Bank