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  • The reference week for this survey was December 14-20, 2015.
  • In January 2015, the number of persons in the Labour Force was 1,320,800, which was 15,700 (1.2%) higher than the 1,305,100 recorded in January 2014.
  • The Employment Rate for January 2015 was 85.8%.

The main findings of the January 2015 Labour Force Survey, conducted by the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) are presented below. The reference week for this survey was December 14-20, 2015.

 

  • In January 2015, the number of persons in the Labour Force was 1,320,800, which was 15,700 (1.2%) higher than the 1,305,100 recorded in January 2014. The male labour force increased by 3,900 (0.5%) from 716,500 in January 2014 to 720,400 in January 2015, and the female labour force increased by 11,800 (2.0%) moving from 588,600 persons in January 2014 to 600,400 in January 2015.

 

  • The Employed Labour Force for January 2015 was 1,132,700, which was 2,600 more than the 1,130,100 recorded in January 2014. For males, it was relatively unchanged moving from 643,800 persons in January 2014 to 643,400 in January 2015 and for females it increased by 3000 (0.6%) to 489,300 for the same period.

 

  • The Employment Rate for January 2015 was 85.8%, which was a 0.8 percentage point decline from the 86.6% in January 2014. The Employment Rate declined for both males and females over the period. For males, it declined by 0.6 percentage point, moving from 89.9% to 89.3%, and for females it declined by 1.1 percentage points, moving from 82.6% to 81.5%.

 

  • In January 2015, 764,000 persons were classified as being Outside the Labour Force. This represents a decrease of 10,700 (1.4%) when compared to 774,700 in January 2014. In the same period, the number of males Outside the Labour Force declined by 1,400 (0.5%) moving from 304,000 to 302,600 and females by 9,300 (2.0%) moving from 470,700 to 461,400.

 

  • In the Employed Labour Force, the Occupation group ‘Clerks’  increased by 9,100 persons (9.0%), from 101,400 in January 2014 to 110,500 in January 2015. The group ‘Professionals, Senior Officials and Technicians’ also had significant increases in employment moving from 247,800 persons in January 2014 to 263,100 persons (6.2%) in January 2015. The groups ‘Service Workers and Shop and Market Sales Workers’ and ‘Elementary Occupations’ shared similar declines of 4.6 per cent each over the period. The group ‘Service Workers and Shop and Market Sales Workers’ declined from 228,800 persons to 218,400 while ‘Elementary Occupations’ declined from 143,800 to 137,200.

 

  • The largest increase in employment occurred in the industry group ‘Manufacturing’ and ‘Transport, Storage and Communication’. The number of persons employed in the group ‘Manufacturing’ increased by 7,200 persons (10.0%) while the group ‘Transport, Storage and Communication’ increased by 5,500 persons (7.7%). During the same period, the industry group ‘Agriculture, Hunting, Forestry & Fishing’ declined by 7,400 (3.6%) persons followed by ‘Real Estate, Renting & Business Activities’, which declined by 6,100 (8.6%)persons.

 

  • The number of Unemployed persons in January 2015 was 188,100. This was an increase of 13,100 (7.5%) when compared with 175,000 in January 2014. The number of unemployed males increased by 4,400 (6.1%) and the number of females by 8,700 (8.5%) for the same period.

 

  • The Unemployment Rate for January 2015 was 14.2% compared to 13.4% in January 2014. In the same period, the unemployment rate for males was 10.7% and for females it was 18.5%.

 

  • Unemployment rates among youths aged 14-24 years was 34.5% for January 2015. This was an increase of 1.2 percentage points when compared with 33.3% in January 2014. The male unemployment rate for youths was 30.8% compared to 39.6% for females.

 

 

The Labour Force January 2015 outlines additional information and may be obtained at our Distribution office, 7 Cecelio AvenueKingston 10. Data is also available on the STATIN website at www.statinja.gov.jm