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Haiti is the poorest country in America and one of the poorest countries of the world with around 80 percent of its population living in poverty1. More than two-thirds of its people are believed to not have formal jobs, and just 62.1 percent of adults over age 15 are literate2. As of 1995, the labor force was estimated at 3.6 million3, but with a shortage of skilled labor. Finding unemployment statistics from Haiti is very difficult because of the lack of publication of such data from the Haitian agencies in charge of collecting it. But this was not always the case, Haiti during colonial times was one of the most beneficial and rich colonies around the world. In fact Haiti was largely the source of the wealth of France in the eighteenth century.4 However, due to natural disasters, bad government and bad luck Haiti has changed its fate. I think that one of the main reasons of Haiti s misery are people. Both the international community and Haiti's rulers have continuously assured the destruction of Haiti's colonial wealth and the creation and continuance of its misery. Haiti s economy is based in the agriculture which makes Haiti very dependent from the climate. Subsistence crops include cassava, rice, sugarcane, sorghum, yams, corn, and plantains. . Most Haitians own and farm tiny plots of land, and great population density has caused rural poverty and is also a factor in the country's extensive deforestation, which has contributed to the degradation of agricultural land5. Haiti's major exports are light manufactures and coffee; other exports include oils, cocoa, mangoes, sugar, sisal, and bauxite. The United States is the country's leading trading partner. Industry in Haiti consists largely of light assembly of imported parts and the manufacture of textiles. There is also sugar refining and flour milling, and other foodstuffs are produced. Tourism in Haiti has not developed well because of the lack of structure and organization in government, so this is a great resource for the country. Remittances from Haitians working abroad are also extremely important. Economic sanctions imposed by the United States and others to force a military regime to return power to the elected government, and again later because of the government's inability to meet aid conditions, further damaged the impoverished economy during the 1990s and early 2000s.
According to the CIA World Factbook: www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook According to the United Nations Human Development Report: http://hdrstats.undp.org/ 3 According to the United States Agency for International Development 4 This can be found in the history of the island. 5 According to the Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia: http://cup.columbia.edu/
but due different tropical storms its economy stayed static until January 2010. when Haiti had a devastating Earthquake its economy went terribly down again. Along with others thing like corruption the Haitian Economy had not recovered.Haiti was having a positive economic growth in 2005. .