Economic Trivia

St. Lucia has the most diverse manufacturing sector in the Eastern Caribbean.

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

Top 3 Trade Partners (2016): United States, Trinidad and Tobago, and United Kingdom
Top 3 Exported Goods (2016): Beverages, Electrical Machinery, and Precious Stones & Metals

Top Industries Source: CIA World Factbook

Tourism; Clothing; Assembly of Electronic Components; Beverages

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) [1]

GDP, PPP (current international) $2,501,304,109 (2017)
GDP Growth Rate (annual %) 3.818% (2017)
GDP Per Capita, PPP (current international) $13,986 (2017)
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GDP Country Rank 176/195 (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 %) 0.118% (2017)
External debt stocks, total (DOD, current US$) $622,106,095 (2017)
Total tax rate (% of commercial profits) 34.7% (2018)
Real Interest Rate (5 year average %) 5.884% (2017)
Manufacturing, value added (% of GDP) 2.141% (2017)
Current Account Balance (BoP, current US$) ($46,589,791) (2017)
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Labor and Employment [1]

Labor Force, Total 99,276 (2018)
Employment in Agriculture (% of total employment) 10.012% (2018)
Employment in Industry (% of total employment) 22.156% (2018)
Employment in Services (% of total employment) 67.832% (2018)
Unemployment Rate 20.868% (2018)
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Trade [1]

Imports of goods and services (current US$) $738,370,370 (2016)
Exports of goods and services (current US$) $612,703,704 (2016)
Total Merchandise Trade (% of GDP) 45.008% (2017)
FDI, net inflows (BoP, current US$) $131,028,840 (2017)
Commercial Service Exports (current US$) $848,171,028 (2017)
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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, Saint Lucia’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