Kenya National Bureau of Statistics hereby releases the monthly Consumer Price Indices (CPI) and rates of inflation, for June, 2020. The overall year on year inflation in June 2020 stood at 4.59 per cent compared to a revised inflation rate of 5.33 per cent recorded in May 2020. The CPI decreased by 0.31 per cent from 108.60 in May 2020 to 108.27 in June 2020.
These numbers were generated from a survey of retail prices that targeted a basket of household consumption goods and services. The survey was conducted during the second and third weeks of the month, with prices being obtained from selected retail outlets located in 50 data collection zones, 14 of which are in Nairobi and 36 in other urban areas.
The World is battling to contain the Corona Virus disease (COVID-19) which has been ravaging the global economies. The first case of COVID-19 in Kenya was confirmed on 13th March 2020 and as of Monday, 18th May 2020 the confirmed cases stood at 912.
The disease which is highly contagious has led to many countries taking drastic measures in order to curb its spread. In Kenya, the Government has introduced a raft of measures including banning of all passenger flights, temporary closure bars, suspension of learning in all education institutions, dusk to dawn curfew, cessation of movement in and out of some high-risk areas among others.
For targeted response and sound formulation of strategies and policies, accurate quality data is important. It is in recognition of this that the National Economic and Business Response Working Group tasked the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics to undertake a survey on Socio-Economic Impact of COVID-19 on Households.
The survey, which is population-based, will be implemented in 6 waves until July 2020. The objectives of the survey include measurement of the impact of COVID-19 on health, labour market, transport, and housing. The survey is also aimed at assessing the awareness of COVID-19 and the appropriate protective measures. The data collection for the first wave was undertaken from 2nd to 9th May 2020. The survey is being implemented using Computer Assisted Telephone Interviews (CATI) approach in which the interviews are conducted through telephone.
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has spread across the globe affecting the social life of citizens, creating shocks in the economies. In Kenya, the potential spread of the disease is likely to affect the well being of citizens, and an increase in the number of poor and vulnerable households is imminent. This calls for a swift and coordinated policy approach by the Government in responding to the crisis to cushion Kenyans from the adverse effects of the pandemic. For the Government to respond appropriately, quality data on the effects of the pandemic is urgently needed.
The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, a government agency responsible for collecting, analyzing and disseminating statistical data in Kenya, will conduct a survey on the socio – economic impact of Corona Virus (COVID-19) on households and individuals in the country.
The objectives of the survey will be to:
Since the Corona Virus is highly contagious, a face-to-face survey will not be feasible. The Bureau will conduct the survey through telephone calls, to get the required data. KNBS interviewers will call respondents and administer a questionnaire through their mobile phones. The mobile phone numbers to be used by interviewers in the following ranges:
The Bureau will randomly sample a representative number of individuals spread across the 47 counties to participate in the survey. Data will be collected from the same individuals and households twice a month.
We hereby request all Kenyans selected in this survey to cooperate and provide accurate information as requested. The information given through this survey will be treated with strict confidentiality as provided for in the Statistics Act 2006.
Kenya National Bureau of Statistics hereby releases the monthly Consumer Price Indices (CPI) and rates of inflation, for April, 2020. The CPI increased by 0.86 per cent from 107.00 in March 2020 to 107.92 in April 2020. The overall year on year inflation in April 2020 stood at 5.62 per cent from a revised 5.51 per cent in March 2020.
These numbers are based on the new CPI whose base period is February 2019. They were generated from a survey of retail prices that targeted a basket of household consumption goods and services that was derived from the results of the 2015/16 Kenya Integrated Household Budget Survey (KIHBS). The retail price survey was conducted during the second and third weeks of the month, with prices being obtained from selected retail outlets located in 50 data collection zones, 14 of which are in Nairobi and 36 in other urban areas.
The economic activity in the domestic economy remained vibrant in 2019 although the performance was slower relative to 2018. The real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew by 5.4 per cent in 2019 compared to a growth of 6.3 per cent in 2018. The growth, albeit slower than 2018 was spread across all sectors of the economy but was more pronounced in service-oriented sectors.
The slower growth in 2019 was also reflected in other macroeconomic indicators. The annual inflation increased from 4.7 per cent in 2018 to 5.2 per cent in 2019. The upsurge in inflation was mainly due to less favourable weather conditions in first half of 2019. Weather conditions gradually improved over the remaining part of the year causing drops in food as well as overall inflation. Prudent macroeconomic policies as well as a relatively stable Kenya shilling against the major currencies especially the US dollar helped in containing the inflation.
The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics has released the Producer Price Index (PPI) for the first quarter of 2020. The price changes are measured from the perspective of the producer. The prices are collected as at 15th February, 15th May, 15th August and 15th November of the year. These dates correspond to the first, second, third and fourth quarters of the year, respectively.
The Producer Price Indices are grouped according to the International Standards of Industrial Classifications of All Economic Activities (ISIC) Rev 4. Weights have been revised based on the Census of Industrial Production (CIP) carried out in 2018
The Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) is a modular survey under the Kenya Continuous Household Survey Programme (KCHSP). The programme is designed to provide a constant stream of data on a wide range of socio-economic indicators. The QLFS collects information about the Kenyan labour market activities for the population aged 5 years and above.
This quarterly release analyses the labour market situation for the population aged 15 to 64 years. Topics covered include labour force participation, employment, unemployment, Labour underutilization and inactivity.
Kenya National Bureau of Statistics has released the Consumer Price Indices (CPI) and rates of inflation for March 2020. The CPI increased by 0.18 per cent from 106.33 in February 2020 to 106.53 in March 2020. The overall year on year inflation in March 2020 stood at 6.06 per cent.
These numbers are based on the new CPI whose base period is February 2019. The indices were generated from a survey of retail prices that targeted a basket of household consumption goods and services. The exercise was conducted during the second and third weeks of the month, with prices being obtained from selected retail outlets which comprised of 50 data collection zones, 14 of which are in Nairobi and 36 in other urban areas.