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The Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) is reporting that three industries accounted for the largest increase in employment of 68.7 per cent, in October 2021.

These, according to Director General, Carol Coy, are ‘Real Estate and Other Business Services’; ‘Arts, Entertainment, Recreation and Other Services’ and ‘Construction’.

She was speaking during STATIN’s digital quarterly media briefing on Monday (January 17).

Ms. Coy advised that Real Estate and Other Business Services recorded the largest increase in employment, moving up 23.1 per cent to 130,500.

Next was Arts, Entertainment, Recreation and Other Services, which increased by 15.3 per cent to 111,500 persons, and Construction, up 13.2 per cent, to 113,900.

The Director General pointed out, however, that Real Estate and Other Services, Construction, and Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing were the only industry groups surpassing their pre-coronavirus (COVID-19) employment levels recorded in October 2019.

She informed that there were 35,400 more persons working in Real estate and Other Services, 9,300 more individuals in Construction, while Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing accounted for 4,800 additional workers.

“Employment in the Arts, Entertainment, Recreation and Other Services and Accommodation and Food Service Activities industries are, however, lower than the pre-COVID levels by 15.8 and 10.6 per cent, respectively,” Ms. Coy told journalists.

Ms. Coy said the number of persons employed in October 2021 rose by 76,600 or 6.6 per cent to 1,234,800, up from 1,158,200 for the same period in 2020.

The unemployment rate commensurately fell to a record low 7.1 per cent, which was 3.7 and 0.1 percentage points lower than the October 2020 and 2019 out-turns, respectively.

The overall labour force, as of October 2021, rose by 31,400 persons or 4.2 per cent, to 1,329,100, up from 1,297,700 the previous year.

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