Women are finding work at nearly twice the rate of men, as Jamaica records historic reductions in unemployment.
The Statistical Institute of Jamaica’s Director-General, Carol Coy, says over 18-thousand women found work between October 2018 and October 2019.
That’s compared to just over ten thousand men.
Overall, the Jamaican unemployment rate dropped to 7.2 percent, improving on an already record-setting 7.8 percent.
Ms. Coy notes that female unemployment fell by 16,000.
While the total number of unemployed males decreased by only three-thousand.
She says the largest increase in jobs was the female-dominated field of clerks.
Meanwhile, Ms. Coy notes that government services accounted for the largest increases in jobs for men.
However, the male-dominated sectors of agriculture and mining were the only areas to see a decline in employment.
Carol Coy, Director General Statistical Institute of Jamaica.