STATIN survey finds job rate higher in 2021


The Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) has found that more people now have jobs than just over a year ago.

According to STATIN’s latest labour force survey released today, in October 2021, there were 1,234,800 employed persons in Jamaica.

This was an increase of 6.6 per cent or 76,600 persons when compared to October 2020.

Director General Carol Coy said females recorded the larger increase in employment.

At the same time, there were increases in employment across all age groups.

STATIN Director General Carol Coy

While most industries showed an increase in employment in October 2021, real estate and other business services recorded the largest, accounting for 23.1 per cent.

This was followed by arts, entertainment, recreation and other services which increased by 15.3 per cent and construction, which went up by 13.2 per cent. 

“Overall, these three industries accounted for 68.7 per cent of the increase in employment,” said Coy.

Meanwhile, as at October 2021, unemployment dropped to 7.1 per cent from 10.8 per cent for the corresponding period in 2020.

The number of unemployed youth, in particular, fell by 17,600 at a rate of 9.3 per cent. 

Coy said for the third quarter of 2021 (July to September), the Jamaican economy continued to show signs of recovery from the impacts of COVID-19. 

The total value-added in the third quarter grew by 5.8 per cent relative to the third quarter of 2020.

Increases were recorded in the services industries (up 7.1 per cent) and the good producing industries, up 2.4 per cent. 

“This improvement is also evident in the 0.6 per cent increase in total value-added when we do a comparison with the previous quarter, that is April to June 2021,” Coy said. 

She added that, while there was some relaxation of the COVID containment measures, including the reopening of the entertainment sector in July and the easing of international travel restrictions, growth was tempered by global and local supply chain disruptions; the impact of tropical storms, Grace and Ida, and measures such as the no-movements days in August and September 2021.

New STATIN survey finds more people had jobs in October than a year earlier  Jamaica Gleaner


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