The IMF Country Reports Series covers economic and financial developments and trends in member countries. Each report, prepared by a staff team after discussions with officials of the country, is published at the option of the member.
This paper presents an update to the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) for the Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe. It discusses that a tendency toward continual growth of the unemployment levels was verified in the urban region between 2000 and 2003 while during the same period, a tendency of continual decrease in the rural zone was detected, with a few variations. The variation rate of unemployment in the urban zone during the period between 2000 and 2003 was 48 percent while the variation rate of unemployment in the rural region was 16.5 percent.