Jobs Numbers on the Rise


The employment rate in Jamaica in on the increase!

And the rate at which women are finding jobs is running at more than three times that of men!

The Statistical Institute of Jamaica, STATIN, is reporting that there was an increase of more than 42,000 people in the July 2016 labour force when compared to the corresponding period last year.

That’s an increase of 3.2-percent.

Up to July this year, the number of persons in the labour force was just over 1,363,000.

STATIN is also reporting that the male labour force increased by 12,000 or just under 2-percent between July last year and July this year.

While the female labour force increased by 30,500 or just over 5-percent during the same time frame

According to STATIN, between July last year and July this year, 39,400 more persons were recorded as employed.

In the same period, the number of employed males increased by 9,000 or 1.5-percent.

The number of employed females increased by 29,700 or approximately six percent.

STATIN is also reporting that there has also been a slight decrease in unemployment.

The unemployment rate as of July this year was 12.9-percent.

This is a 0.2-percentage decrease in the number of persons unemployed compared to year.

STATIN made the findings known in a publication today of the key findings of the July 2016 Labour Force Survey.

The survey was conducted during the period July to September this year with the reference week being June 19 to 25.

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Abka Fitz-Henley is a multiple award-winning journalist who is currently the Senior Reporter at Nationwide News Network (NNN). His primary areas of focus are Court, Crime and Parliamentary proceedings. Fitz-Henley was recently recognized in the regional celebrity magazine publication Panache as “The Breaking News Boss”. At 21 years of age, following his 1st year in media, Fitz-Henley was recognized with the Young Journalist of the year award from The Press Association of Jamaica and went on to cop one of the country’s highest recognized journalism prizes, the Journalist of the Year Award. He’s also been awarded the prestigious Corporate Jamaica Broilers Fairplay 1st place Award for investigative journalism and is the recipient of the Caribbean Blog Award for coverage of the infamous Kartel murder trial. Fitz-Henley is also the recipient of the PM Youth Award for Excellence. Over the years, he has appeared as a guest on the BBC World Service and BBC London.