Tag: economy


The U.S. Sees Rebound In Employment

As vaccination ramps up and relaxation in the COVID-19 protocol, more businesses have brought back workers resulting in a surge in the employment numbers in the U.S. Employers added 379,000 jobs in February, breaking a two-month streak of minimal gains. The growth was stronger than analysts had expected, but the activity did not significantly dent the jobless rate. It dipped […]


China Targets Six Percent Economic Growth

China is aiming for an economic growth rate above six percent in 2021, after scrapping its target last year. China’s Premier announced its latest target at the opening of this year’s National People’s Congress. The target marks a return to strong growth after the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the world’s second largest economy. Although China’s economy grew last year, it only […]


BOJ Governor — Jamaica On Path To Economic Recovery

Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) Governor, Richard Byles, has stated that Jamaica is on the path to economic recovery following the devastation of the economy brought about by the coronavirus pandemic. Byles pointed to the foreign exchange market inflows, adequate reserves, a sustainable balance of payments position, and the containment of inflation within the Bank’s 4-6 percent target range, as degree […]


Cuba Opens Economy To Private Sector Expansion

Cuba announced a substantial increase in private business activities in various sectors, implying a significant reform in this socialist country where the state and its enterprises dominate the economy.  The move comes at a critical time for the island’s economy, which contracted 11% last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, tightening U.S. sanctions, and the delay in implementing reforms approved […]


Jamaica To Continue Assessment Of COVID-19 Economic Impact

Following a projected, 10-12 percent economic contraction for the fiscal year 2020-21 in Jamaica’s economy, the Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. Nigel Clark, said that the Government would continue to assess the extent of the economic impact on Jamaicans to determine whether to extend additional financial assistance to those adversely affected. The Administration previously initiated a $25 […]


U.S. Economy Shows Sign Of An Early Bounce Back

U.S. employment growth rebounded moderately in January and job losses in the prior month were deeper than initially thought, strengthening the case for a sizable relief package from the government to aid the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Labor Department’s closely watched employment report on Friday showed job losses in manufacturing and construction, two sectors which have been propping […]


The U.S. Economy Decreased 3.5 Percent Last Year

The U.S. economy contracted by 3.5 percent last year but performed better than expected and fared better than many other countries. The COVID-19 pandemic has ravaged the U.S. economy, putting many businesses at a standstill, and killing over 430,000 people. Growth in the economy slowed in the last quarter, amidst the resurgence of virus cases, which prompted further setback in […]


Joe Biden Set To Jump Start Economy

President-elect Joe Biden has unveiled a $1.9tn stimulus plan for the U.S. economy before assuming office next week. The coronavirus-plagued U.S. economy has witnessed thousands of business closures and seen millions of people unemployed. It would include $1tn for households, with direct payments of $1,400 to Americans earning up to $75,000 per year if passed by Congress. The relief proposal […]


Jamaica’s Economy Shows 10% Decline

The Jamaican economy declined by more than 10 percent in the third quarter of 2020 when compared to the similar quarter of 2019.  The 10.7 per cent decline reported by the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) on Thursday is lower than the Planning Institute of Jamaica’s estimate last month of an eleven-point three percent contraction. STATIN said the downturn was […]


IMF Warns That The Global Economy Is Losing Steam

The surge in COVID-19 infections has prompted a new warning from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The international agency has warned that the global economic recovery may not be as robust as first anticipated. Fund chief Kristalina Georgieva said more financial help is needed and warned countries against withdrawing aid too soon. Although the new vaccine developments are viewed positively, […]