Liberia’s population is estimated to be just over 4.2 million people of which 51.1% are females and 48.9% are males.
Additionally the average household size is estimated to be 4.3 people per household with Maryland County having the highest household size while Gbarpolu holds the lowest.
According to the report 44.5% of Liberia’s population is under the age of 15 years which makes the age dependency ratio as high as 89.9% nationally.
The report which categorized poverty into three areas show that half of the Country’s population is poor.
Releasing the one year survey report to the public the director General of LISGIS Frances Wreh named the three poverty areas as: Absolute Poverty with percentage of 50.9% while Food poverty is ranked at 39.1%and Extreme poverty is put at 16.5% respectively.
Under Food Security the report indicates that nationally 51.2% of Liberian Households show food shortages as urban areas are less affected (44%) than rural ones of (59%).
Breaking down per gender under food insecurity per household Mr. Wreh said female headed households face more food shortage (54.6%)commonly than male headed households with 49.9% respectively.
Presenting the findings from the report the LISGIS boss told the gathering that under education 64.7% of the Country’s population are Literate with the urban population accumulating 78.1% while rural areas have a percentage of 47.0%.
The Literacy rate by Gender shows that more males of (77.0%) are Literate than females of 54.0%.
Additionally under age ratio the report uttered that there are more young people who are Literate than older ones.
As per the sticky issue of unemployment which shows that Liberia has a low unemployment rate of 3.9% unlike in the past.
However 79.5% are placed under the category of Vulnerable employment while 79.9% are placed under informal employment.
On the order hand the private sector in the report is the highest employer with 64.9% while the Government has 19.5% and other employers picked 15.6% respectively.
Health as captured in the report indicates that 63.2% of the population visited or attended Government Hospitals and clinics while 23.6% do go to Private Religious providers and 13.2% of the population also attend other health related services or areas.
The survey was conducted in 2016 for one year across the country with well trained personnel.
The national instrument which was officially launched by Dee Maxwell Saah Kemayah Sr. unbehave of President George Weah was well satisfied and approved by the government.
Mr. Kemayah praised LISGIS and partners for the good work Including support from partners and the donor community.
HEIS report as is shortly called will now help national government plan well in order to move the pro-poor agenda forward.
The report will now give a clearer idea to development partners going forward on how to assist the Country as well as identifying development gaps across the country especially with poverty and health as major concerns under the report.