Netherlands Antilles and Aruba - Economic sectors

Tourism, offshore financial services, shipping and oil refining are the primary Aruban and Antillean economic

sectors. Petroleum processing continues to be central. Having survived the industry's slowdown during the oil glut of the 1980s, its future looks relatively secure. For growth, however, the Netherlands Antilles are obliged to look to tourism, and other service sectors like finance and banking. Industry accounts for 15 percent of the GDP and 13 percent of the Antillean workforce, and services for 84 percent of the GDP and 86 percent of the workforce (with three-quarters of these working for the government). The same constellation of sectors predominate in Aruba.

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