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Planning Institute: Growth observed in labour force at beginning of last quarter

Published:Thursday | February 23, 2017 | 2:55 PM

The Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) says the total number of employed persons at October 2016 increased by 34,000 persons when compared to October 2015.

This means some 1.2 million people were employed up to last October.

The PIOJ says up to last October, Jamaica's unemployment rate remained at one of its lowest in five years at 12.9 per cent.

The PIOJ also said based on the quarterly Labour Force Surveys the average number of persons who indicated that they received Vocational or Professional Certification, increased by 4,350 persons in 2016 when compared to 2015.

Director General of the PIOJ, Dr Wayne Henry said that the short-term prospects for the January–March 2017 quarter were positive and would be led by performance of the Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing industry which grew by 16 per cent last quarter.