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Nauru Economy 2014
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SOURCE: 2014 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES


















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Page last updated on January 28, 2014

Economy - overview:
Revenues of this tiny island traditionally have come from exports of phosphates. Few other resources exist, with most necessities being imported, mainly from Australia, its former occupier and later major source of support. In 2005 an Australian company entered into an agreement to exploit remaining supplies. Primary reserves of phosphates were exhausted and mining ceased in 2006, but mining of a deeper layer of "secondary phosphate" in the interior of the island began the following year. The secondary phosphate deposits may last another 30 years. The rehabilitation of mined land and the replacement of income from phosphates are serious long-term problems. In anticipation of the exhaustion of Nauru's phosphate deposits, substantial amounts of phosphate income were invested in trust funds to help cushion the transition and provide for Nauru's economic future. As a result of heavy spending from the trust funds, the government faced virtual bankruptcy. To cut costs the government has frozen wages and reduced overstaffed public service departments. Nauru lost further revenue in 2008 with the closure of Australia''s refugee processing center, making it almost totally dependent on food imports and foreign aid. Housing, hospitals, and other capital plant are deteriorating. The cost to Australia of keeping the government and economy afloat continues to climb. Few comprehensive statistics on the Nauru economy exist with estimates of Nauru''s GDP varying widely.

GDP (purchasing power parity):
$60 million (2005 est.)
country comparison to the world: 224
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GDP (official exchange rate):
$NA
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GDP - real growth rate:
NA%
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GDP - per capita:
$5,000 (2005 est.)
country comparison to the world: 157
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GDP - composition, by sector of origin:
agriculture: 6.1%
[see also: GDP - composition, by sector of origin - agriculture country ranks ]
industry: 33%
services: 60.8% (2009 est.)

Agriculture - products:
coconuts

Industries:
phosphate mining, offshore banking, coconut products

Industrial production growth rate:
NA%
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Labor force - by occupation:
note: employed in mining phosphates, public administration, education, and transportation

Unemployment rate:
90% (2004 est.)
country comparison to the world: 201
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Population below poverty line:
NA%
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Household income or consumption by percentage share:
lowest 10%: NA%
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highest 10%: NA%

Budget:
revenues: $13.5 million
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expenditures: $13.5 million (2005)

Fiscal year:
1 July - 30 June

Inflation rate (consumer prices):
NA% (2011 est.)
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Exports:
$64,000 (2005 est.)
country comparison to the world: 220
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Exports - commodities:
phosphates

Imports:
$20 million (2004 est.)
country comparison to the world: 220
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Imports - commodities:
food, fuel, manufactures, building materials, machinery

Debt - external:
$33.3 million (2004 est.)
country comparison to the world: 196
[see also: Debt - external country ranks ]

Exchange rates:
Australian dollars (AUD) per US dollar -

0.9658 (2012)
0.9695 (2011 est.)
1.0902 (2010)
1.2822 (2009)
1.2059 (2008)


NOTE: The information regarding Nauru on this page is re-published from the 2014 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Nauru Economy 2014 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Nauru Economy 2014 should be addressed to the CIA.



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