Data from the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) shows that “clerks” was the occupational group recording the most substantial increase in employment as at July 2019.
According to STATIN’s July 2019 Labor Force Survey, some 101,300 persons were employed in this group, representing an increase of 19,100 persons or 23.2 percent, compared to the corresponding period last year.
Director-General, Carol Coy, said the “professionals, senior officials, and technicians” category recorded the second-largest increase of 7,500 persons, pushing the number of individuals employed in this group to 271,000.
Ms. Coy pointed out that females accounted for the larger share of employment in both groups.
In relation to the employment by industry groups, Ms. Coy said the most significant increases were recorded in construction; public administration and defense; compulsory social security; and real estate, renting and business activities.
She said construction increased by 7,500 persons; public administration and defense, and compulsory social security were up 6,900; and real estate, renting and business activities by 6,200.
The Director-General further advised that the most significant increase in male employment of 7,200 persons was recorded in construction, while hotels and restaurants accounted for the largest increase in female employment of 5,300 persons.
The total employed labor force, as at July 2019, increased by 2.6 percent to 1,254,100 persons, while the number of unemployed individuals declined by 4.8 percent to 106,700.
The overall labor force totaled 1,360,800 persons as at July.
Edited by Jesus Chan
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