Growth in Mining and Quarrying Sector

Photo: Mark Bell Finance and the Public Service Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke (right), responds to questions from journalists during the Statistical Institute of Jamaica’s (STATIN) media sensitisation seminar at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St. Andrew on Thursday (August 30). The seminar, which was held under the theme ‘Statistics and the Media – Why Understanding Official Data Matters’, was aimed at assisting media practitioners to understand, interpret and present official data accurately. It focused on the gross domestic product and consumer price index. Listening (from left) are STATIN Director General, Carol Coy; Deputy Director General, Leesha Delatie-Budair, and Head of the Institute’s Indices and Price Analyses Unit, Shelly-Ann Chambers.

Story Highlights

  • The Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) is reporting that the July 2018 producer price indices for the mining and quarrying, and manufacturing industries grew by 4.4 and one per cent, respectively.
  • For the 12-month period, dating back to July 2017, the manufacturing industry index increased by 8.5 per cent.
  • The seminar, which was held under the theme ‘Statistics and the Media – Why Understanding Official Data Matters’, was aimed at assisting media practitioners to understand, interpret and present official data accurately.

The Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) is reporting that the July 2018 producer price indices for the mining and quarrying, and manufacturing industries grew by 4.4 and one per cent, respectively.

This was noted by STATIN’s Deputy Director General, Leesha Delatie-Budair, during the Institute’s media sensitisation seminar at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St. Andrew on Thursday (August 30).

Ms. Delatie-Budair said the movement in the mining and quarrying index resulted from a 4.5 per cent increase in bauxite mining and alumina processing, and  0.7 per cent in the ‘other mining and quarrying’ category.

She pointed out that the manufacturing industry’s out-turn was mainly attributed to an increase in the index for the ‘refined petroleum products’ group.

Additionally, the Deputy Director General said the highest weighted group – food, beverages and tobacco – moved up by 0.1 per cent, while chemicals and chemical products increased by 0.9 per cent.

For the 12-month period, dating back to July 2017, the manufacturing industry index increased by 8.5 per cent.

This was influenced by a 39.4 per cent increase in refined petroleum products, and growth of 2.3 per cent in food, beverages and tobacco.

However, the out-turn for the mining and quarrying index declined by seven per cent.

Ms. Delatie-Budair said for the fiscal year to date, from April to July 2018, the index for mining and quarrying increased by 3.3 per cent, and by 3.7 per cent for manufacturing.

The seminar, which was held under the theme ‘Statistics and the Media – Why Understanding Official Data Matters’, was aimed at assisting media practitioners to understand, interpret and present official data accurately.

It focused on the gross domestic product and consumer price index.

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