The Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) reports that the All Jamaica ‘All Divisions’ Consumer Price Index for August 2015 increased by 0.8 per cent moving to 229.0.
The Producer Price Index showed an upward movement of 0.6 per cent for the Mining & Quarrying industry for the month of August 2015. The major group ‘Bauxite Mining & Alumina Processing’ contributed mainly to the industry’s index by registering a 0.7 per cent upward movement.
Total value added at constant prices for the Jamaican economy increased by 0.6 per cent in the second quarter of 2015 when compared to the similar quarter of 2014. This growth was attributed to improved performance in both the Goods Producing industries and Services industries of 0.8 per cent and 0.5 per cent respectively.
The count of the population based on the Population and Housing Census 2011 is 2,697,983. This total comprises 2,678,629 persons in private dwellings, 18,420 in institutions and 934 persons enumerated on the streets.
In April 2015, the number of persons in the Labour Force was 1,301,100, which was 10,000 (0.8%) less than the 1,311,100 recorded in April 2014. The male labour force decreased by 3,400 (0.5%) from 716,000 in April 2014 to 712,600 in April 2015, and the female labour force decreased by 6,600 (1.1%) moving from 595,100 persons in April 2014 to 588,500 in April 2015.
The merchandise trade deficit for January to June 2015 review period stood at US$1,897.1 million, a fall of 10.9 per cent when compared to the US$2.128.4 million recorded in the similar 2014 period. Imports were valued at US$2,552.5 million, a decrease of 11.0 per cent or US$315.8 million.
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