Jamaica Keeps Surpassing Low Unemployment Records

KINGSTON,
Jamaica, Thursday April 18, 2019

– Jamaica has recorded yet another unemployment low.

Director General of the
Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN), Carol Coy has announced that in
January, Jamaica achieved a new record-low unemployment rate of eight per cent.

“After record-low unemployment
rates of 8.4 per cent in July and 8.7 per cent in October 2018, the
unemployment in January 2019 declined to a new low of eight per cent. This was
a reduction of 1.6 percentage points relative to 9.6 per cent in January 2018,”
she said on Tuesday as she released the March 2019 Consumer Price Index and
January 2019 Labour Force Survey.

“When disaggregated by sex, the male unemployment rate declined from 7.4 per cent to 6.1 per cent, while female unemployment rate fell from 12.2 per cent to 10.3 per cent. Among the youth, the unemployment rate was 21.8 per cent. For male youth, the unemployment rate was 17.9 per cent and for female youth, it was 26.5 per cent. These showed declines when compared to January 2018.”

Director General, Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN), Carol Coy.

Coy noted that the employed labour
force for January 2019 was 1,232,700, which was 28,600 (2.4 per cent) more than
in January 2018; the increase in employment for females was more than twice
that of males and the number of employed males increased by 9,500 to 673,500
and employed females by 19,100 to 559,200.

“The
occupations with the largest increases were clerks, professionals, senior
officials and technicians and elementary occupations. The increased employment
in the occupation group ‘clerks’ was mainly females, aged 20 to 24 years and 25
to 34 years. This group includes occupations such as customer service clerks
working as hotel receptionists, survey and market research interviewers,
telephone and switchboard operators, contact centre information clerks, bank
tellers and travel consultants,” Coy explained.

The
group “professionals, senior officials and technicians” is a combination of
three occupational groups and includes physical and engineering science
technicians; mining, manufacturing and construction supervisors; process
control technicians; medical and pharmaceutical technicians; and nurses and
midwives.

The group “elementary occupations” includes car washers, street vendors and housekeepers in hotels.

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