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For persons age 10 or older
[Questions 12-18 were asked of persons age 10 or older]

Branch of activity
17. Indicate the products made, cultivated, sold, or the services provided by the place where this person works or used to work. ____

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Questions only for persons who are age 10 or older
The goals of these questions are to know the current marital status of the persons and the principal economic characteristics of the population that participated in the production of goods and services, as well as those who are dedicated to non-economic activities, such as: household chores, studying, etc.

If the person is younger than 10, continue with the next person.

Question 17: Branch of activity
We understand branch of economic activity as the activity of the establishment in which an employed person worked during the reference week or during the person's work before becoming unemployed.

This means that you will ask about what was done at the factory, industry, workshop, farm, or establishment where the person did some type of work.

Describe, in the corresponding space, the activity of the establishment in which the enumerated person carried out the principal occupation declared in question 15.

In different situations we may find some artisans, roaming salespersons, those who have a vending position in the street, and persons who carry out some economic activity in their homes; the majority of them work as self-employed, as is the case of those who sell at stoplights. These persons do not have an establishment where they carry out their work, and therefore generally their branch of activity in which they work is going to be the same as the description of their principal occupation.

Do not forget that you should note that to which activity the business, store, company, office or place where the person worked is dedicated to doing. If the person did not work in any of these places, you should note what the person manufactured, repaired, cleaned, sold, transported, cultivated, or did.

When you describe the branch of activity, do not use general terms such as: Factory, ranch, workshop, store, etc.

You should clearly explain as shown in these examples:

  • Factory: Shirt factory, footwear factory, factory of food products, clothing factory, factory of plastic products
  • Workshop: Sewing workshop, automobile repair shop, lathe workshop, shoe workshop, carpentry workshop
  • Farm: Coffee farm, corn farm, tobacco farm, cattle ranch, bean farm

The information about the branch of economic activity of the establishment where the person works is important for knowing the productive structure of the country.

Whenever it is answerable, you should not leave this space blank.