AUDIO: Simpson Miller administration not doing enough to create jobs, Holness says

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Opposition Leader Andrew Holness says despite a recent marginal decline in the unemployment rate, the Simpson Miller administration is still not doing enough to create jobs for Jamaicans.

Mr. Holness was addressing a meeting of the JLP’s Area Council 3 in South West Clarendon on Sunday.

The most recent figures from the Statistical Institute of Jamaica, STATIN, put the unemployment rate at 13.4% in January this year, down from 14.5% percent a year earlier.

The unemployment rate for youth between age 14 and 24 in January this year was 33.3%, down from 36.5% a year earlier.  Mr. Holness says the country’s job prospects remain stagnant for most Jamaicans.

According to Mr. Holness the government has failed provide attractive opportunities for qualified Jamaicans who would rather go abroad for jobs.

The Opposition Leader says the problems in the job market are a direct result of government policy.