Geostat, the national statistics service of Georgia, should improve the employment index estimation methodology, because currently it is impossible to valuable and comprehensively estimate employment indicators based on the self-employed quantity, Maia Melikidze, the Georgian President’s economic advisor, told the Business Contact.
“Geostat follows international standards for estimating the unemployment indicators, but we know in Georgia the unemployment indicator is 12% and this figure includes the self-employed category, for example, taxi drivers, the bodies who have engaged in farming, as well as citizens who have cleaned up apartments of other persons for a week. Free of charge services are also considered as self-employment”.
I believe this methodology should be improved and according to my information, Geostat will start working on the issue by the end of 2016. It is my personal opinion that the self-employed quantity should be estimated accurately as much as possible.
“It is very important for us to have precise indicators about the self-employed, employed and agriculture workers. It is important to consider these indicators separately and not in general figures”, Melikidze said.