By Oroyo Eubanks November
Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) is reporting an 11 per cent decline
in the unemployment rate for July compared with the similar period last year.
July 2014 Labour Force Survey, STATIN says there were 179,000 unemployed
persons in the country compared to 201,600 in July 2013.
among youth age 14-24 was recorded at 34.1 per cent for July 2014. This
represented a 4.2 percentage point decrease compared to 38.3 percent recorded
in July 2013.
the survey shows a decrease in unemployment for males and females by 15.7 and
7.7 per cent, respectively.
meantime, as at July 2014, there were 1, 124,600 persons employed in Jamaica,
which STATIN says is 16,700 more than the 1,107, 900 persons with jobs in July
largest increase in employment for the period occurred in the hotels and
restaurants sector, where 7,800 persons were employed, and education, 5,000.
says there were also significant increases in employment for professionals,
senior officials and technicians, as well as elementary occupations.
sectors such as craft and related trades workers; and real estate, renting and
business activities; recorded declines in employment for the reporting period.