The unemployment rate in January this year was higher than in January last year.
That’s according to the Statistical Institute of Jamaica, STATIN.
STATIN says unemployment was 14-point-2 percent in January this year, up from 13-point-4 percent in January last year.
But according to STATIN, the higher unemployment rate may be due to an increase in the labour force of some 16-thousand persons.
Approximately 12-thousand of the new entrants to the workforce were women.
STATIN says at the end of January this year, the number of persons in the labour force was 1-million-3-hundred-and-twenty-thousand, a 1-percent increase over January last year.
For January this year, the unemployment rate among women was 18-point-5 percent, while male unemployment was 10-point-7 percent.
Youth unemployment was 34-point-5 percent.