STATIN reports reduction in labour force in October

Carol Coy
The Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) is reporting that the Employed Labour Force decreased by 7.4 per cent in October last year compared to the same period in 2019.
Carol Coy, Director General of STATIN, said 92,600 fewer people were employed.
Some 1,155,800 people had jobs up to October last year.
Miss Coy provided a breakdown during a virtual media briefing Wednesday morning. 
A breakdown of the latest figures reveals the number of employed males decreased by 41,500 or 6.1 per cent to 641,300.
Miss Coy said there were 514,500 employed females and this was 51,100 or nine per cent fewer than the 565,600 recorded in the same period in 2019. 
She said the largest decline in jobs was observed in the arts, entertainment, and recreation industries.
Other industries where jobs fell included accommodation and food service activities, wholesale and retail trade, as well as repair of  motor vehicles and motorcycles.

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