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Number of working age Jamaicans up – survey findings show opportunity for productivity growth

Published:Monday | May 16, 2016 | 5:27 PM

The latest edition of the Economic and Social Survey has shown that Jamaica’s current population age structure presents a window of opportunity which can be used to enable a period of productivity and growth.

The survey shows that at the end of 2015 the population totalled 2,728,900.

The number of females continued to be higher than males as females numbered 1,377,400 while males totalled 1,351,500.

However, it’s in the age spread of the population that the survey identifies an opportunity.

The statistics from the survey show a growing working age population, as well as a decline in the number of children in Jamaica.

Jamaicans of working age account for 68.5 per cent of the population, while children make up 22.5 per cent and the dependent elderly 9.1 per cent.

As a result, the survey shows that the ratio of people in the dependent ages has dropped and this presents an opportunity for Jamaica to increase its productivity.

Meanwhile, the survey has shown more movement towards an ageing population.

It says since 2001, the median age of the population increased to 28.9 years from 25.1 years.