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Unemployment Marginally Up in 2nd Quarter – 20.8% Nationally

National unemployment has remained above 20% for the first half of 2017. Data from the Central Statistics Department indicate fewer jobs were gained in the second quarter.

Unemployment increased slightly between April and June to 20.8% nationally. When compared to the first quarter of 2017 from January to March, the change represents a reported 0.6% rise from 20.1%.

Labour force data by the numbers:

  • National unemployment
Year 2017 January – March April – June Change [%]
Unemployment [000s] 20,300 21,800 -0.6%

Source: Central Statistics Department

Youth unemployment also increased in the second quarter. An estimated 12,000 people aged 15 – 34 were without work between April and June.

  • Youth unemployment
Year 2017 January – March April – June Change
Youth Unemployment [%] 38.7% 39.6% 1.7%

Source: Central Statistics Department

Human health and social work activities continue to drive public and private sector hiring. Despite a slight dip from the previous first quarter, about 28.9 % of all jobs were from the human health and social work sectors.

The accommodation and food services, wholesale / retail trade and auto services rounded off the top three sectors, leading hiring in the first half of 2017.

  • Employment by sector and sex.[Both sexes]
Year 2017 January – March April – June Change
Human health and social activities 29.9% 28.9% -1.5%
Accommodation and food service activities 12.8% 11.2% 0.4%
Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles 9.6% 10.1% -1.6%

Source: Central Statistics Department

The agriculture, forestry and fisheries, construction and manufacturing sectors experienced nominal changes over the last two quarters.                                               

Year 2017 January – March April – June Change
Agriculture, forestry and fishing 7.2%  

6.0%

 

-1.6%
Construction 6.5% 5.3% -0.9%
Manufacturing 3.9% 4.0%  0.2%

Source: Central Statistics Department

The community of Laborie recorded the lowest employment numbers in the second quarter at 45.2% of the local population.

69.3% of the population in Gros Islet had jobs in April – June.

Please note error margin: +/- 3%

 

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