Jersey Economy - 2021


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Economic overview

Jersey's economy is based on international financial services, agriculture, and tourism. In 2016, the financial services sector accounted for about 41% of the island's output. Agriculture represented about 1% of Jersey’s economy in 2016. Potatoes are an important export crop, shipped mostly to the UK. The Jersey breed of dairy cattle originated on the island and is known worldwide. The dairy industry remains important to the island with approximately $8.8 million gallons of milk produced in 2015. Tourism accounts for a significant portion of Jersey’s economy, with more than 700,000 total visitors in 2015. Living standards come close to those of the UK. All raw material and energy requirements are imported as well as a large share of Jersey's food needs. Light taxes and death duties make the island a popular offshore financial center. Jersey maintains its relationship with the EU through the UK. Therefore, in light of the UK’s decision to leave the EU, Jersey will also need to renegotiate its ties to the EU.

Real GDP growth rate

1% (2016 est.)

10.7% (2015 est.)

country comparison to the world: 173

Inflation rate (consumer prices)

3.7% (2006)

country comparison to the world: 161

Real GDP (purchasing power parity)

$5.569 billion (2016 est.)

$5.514 billion (2015 est.)

$4.98 billion (2014 est.)

note: data are in 2015 US dollars

country comparison to the world: 174

GDP (official exchange rate)

$5.004 billion (2015 est.)

Real GDP per capita

$56,600 (2016 est.)

$49,500 (2015 est.)

country comparison to the world: 22

GDP - composition, by sector of origin

agriculture: 2% (2010)

industry: 2% (2010)

services: 96% (2010)

Agricultural products

potatoes, cauliflower, tomatoes; beef, dairy products


tourism, banking and finance, dairy, electronics

Industrial production growth rate


Labor force

59,950 (2017 est.)

country comparison to the world: 186

Labor force - by occupation

agriculture: 3%

industry: 12%

services: 85% (2014 est.)

Unemployment rate

4% (2015 est.)

4.6% (2014 est.)

country comparison to the world: 62

Population below poverty line


Gini Index coefficient - distribution of family income

0.3 (2014 est.)

0.3 (2013 est.)

country comparison to the world: 174

Household income or consumption by percentage share

lowest 10%: NA

highest 10%: NA


revenues: 829 million (2005)

expenditures: 851 million (2005)

Taxes and other revenues

16.6% (of GDP) (2005)

country comparison to the world: 179

Budget surplus (+) or deficit (-)

-0.4% (of GDP) (2005)

country comparison to the world: 57

Fiscal year

1 April - 31 March



Exports - commodities

light industrial and electrical goods, dairy cattle, foodstuffs, textiles, flowers



Imports - commodities

machinery and transport equipment, manufactured goods, foodstuffs, mineral fuels, chemicals

Debt - external


Exchange rates

Jersey pounds (JEP) per US dollar

0.7836 (2017 est.)

0.738 (2016 est.)

0.738 (2015)

0.6542 (2012)

0.6391 (2011 est.)

NOTE: The information regarding Jersey on this page is re-published from the 2021 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency and other sources. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Jersey 2021 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Jersey 2021 should be addressed to the CIA or the source cited on each page.

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