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  • The Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) is reporting that the country’s labour force comprised 1,310,700 persons as at October 2014.
  • This is an increase of 6,200 over the corresponding period the previous year.
  • The unemployment figure as at October 2014, was 186,000 or 14.2 per cent of the labour force.

The Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) is reporting that the country’s labour force comprised 1,310,700 persons as at October 2014, an increase of 6,200 over the corresponding period the previous year.

These figures are included in STATIN’s 2014 Survey of Living Conditions, which were disclosed by Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) Director General, Colin Bullock, during the PIOJ’s quarterly briefing on February 24.

Mr. Bullock said 1,124,500 of these persons were employed as at October 2014, representing an increase of 14,000 persons over the corresponding period the previous year.

Addressing journalists at the PIOJ’s New Kingston head office, Mr. Bullock informed that seven of the 16 industry groups recorded higher employment levels, during the period under review.

The largest increase, he indicated, were recorded in: wholesale and retail; repair of motor vehicles and equipment, up 11,700 persons; and agriculture, forestry, and fishing, up 7,800 persons.

Mr. Bullock said the unemployment figure as at October 2014, was 186,000 or 14.2 per cent of the labour force.

 

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