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  • The Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) is reporting that the country’s labour force increased by 53,100 persons to 1,353,500 as at April 2016.
  • According to STATIN’s Labour Force Survey for that month, 1,168,600 persons secured employment, representing an increase of 40,100 over the corresponding period in 2015.
  • The Director General said as a result of the expanded labour force, the unemployment rate recorded for April stood at 13.7 per cent.

The Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) is reporting that the country’s labour force increased by 53,100 persons to 1,353,500 as at April 2016.

According to STATIN’s Labour Force Survey for that month, 1,168,600 persons secured employment, representing an increase of 40,100 over the corresponding period in 2015.

Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) Director General, Dr. Wayne Henry, speaking at the Institute’s quarterly media briefing held at its head office in New Kingston on August 24, said eight of the 16 industry groups recorded increased employment levels consequent on recruiting a greater number of persons.

“The largest increases were recorded for hotel and restaurant services, up 12,900 persons; construction, up 12,500 persons; other community, social and personal service activities, up 8,800 persons; and manufacturing, up 7,900 persons,” he outlined.

Meanwhile, Dr. Henry said the expansion in the labour force was attributable to several factors.

These, he outlined, include an increase in the working-age population, 14 years and older, by 4,100 persons and a contraction in the number of persons outside the labour force by 49,000 persons.

Dr. Henry said the main reasons for the contraction were a reduction in the number of individuals indicating they did not want to work, by 43,300 persons;  a 5,500 decline in the number of persons indicating that they were staying home with dependents; and a 3,500 reduction in the number of persons indicating they were at school part-time.

The Director General said as a result of the expanded labour force, the unemployment rate recorded for April stood at 13.7 per cent.

This, he indicated, was 0.4 per cent higher than the figure for the corresponding period in 2015.