The primary responsibility of the Division is to provide detailed statistical data
and analyses in the areas of economic activities such as International Merchandise
trade, and Indices and Price Analyses.
The Division currently has two units:-
Indices and Price Analyses
The Unit is responsible for the construction and publication of indices. The Indices and Price Analyses Unit currently constructs the monthly indices for the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and the Producer Price Index (PPI). Annual Reports are also produced for these indicators.
The indices are a significant input into the system of National Accounting and are used for the purposes of deflation, as well as, assisting in the estimation of output. Additionally, the CPI and PPI are used by government agencies responsible for overall planning, policy determination and monitoring. These indicators are also used by the private sector, researchers and international organizations.
International Merchandise Trade
The Unit is responsible for the collection, compilation, analysis and publication of data relating to imports, domestic exports and re-exports of merchandise goods by types of commodities, volume and value, as well as, by partner country. Monthly bulletins and an Annual Report are published. Data on trade are used for economic planning, market analysis and monitoring, GDP compilation and balance of payment compilation. The trade statistics are used extensively by government, the private sector, researchers and international agencies.
The organization is headed by the Director General who has overall responsibility for the operations of the Institute. The Director General is assisted by the Deputy Director General who has responsibility for the technical divisions. The responsibilities of the ODG include providing technical and administrative support to the management of the operations of the Institute, monitoring of the Institute’s efficiency in carrying out its functions and ensuring that the Institute operates within various legislations and governing policies.
The Surveys Division is responsible for all matters relating to the conducting of all surveys for which the Institute has responsibility for or is contracted. The Division consists of three (3) Units:-
The Household Unit is responsible for the delivery of two major surveys:
The Jamaica Labour Force Survey
The Jamaica Labour Force Survey is a quarterly survey that targets members of the civilian, non-institutional households who are 14 years old and over in all the parishes of Jamaica.
The Survey of Living Conditions
The Survey of Living Condition is a household survey which is conducted annually since its inception in1988. It collects household data from a subset of the sample covered by the Labour Force survey.The survey derived information on the consumption expenditure of the population.
Establishment UnitThe Establishment Unit has responsibility for providing information on the following:
Special Project Unit
The Special Projects Unit manages surveys that are undertaken by STATIN on a contractual basis. It conducts surveys on behalf of the government of Jamaica, including Ministries, Agencies and Departments, international organizations such as the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), International Development Bank (IDB), International Labour Organization (ILO) and other private institutions.
The Information and Technology Division is responsible for all information systems and technology within the Institute. The Division has special responsibilities for:
The Information and Technology Division consists of two units:-
The Field Services Division is a support division within the Statistical Institute
of Jamaica (STATIN). The division consists of three units: Data Collection, Survey
Services and Geographic Services.
The Data Collection Unit (DCU) has responsibility for the collection of data through the use of two methods:
The Survey Services Unit carries the responsibility for:
The Geographic Services Unit (GSU) carries the responsibility for:
The Corporate Services Division provides support services to the core areas of the
Institute. The role of the Division is to provide a high standard of corporate support
and leadership in the areas of strategic, financial and human resource management;
communications and marketing; library services; office maintenance and general services
to assist all divisions in achieving the Institute’s mission and goals.
The Division is comprised of five (5) functional areas, namely:
The Economic Accounting Division is responsible for developing, analyzing and publishing national accounts statistics relating to the economic life of Jamaica. The single most widely used indicator of economic performance, Gross Domestic Product or GDP, is compiled by the Division. The GDP of a country is the total unduplicated value of the goods and services produced in the country during a given period e.g. monthly, quarterly or annually.
The Economic Accounting Division has responsibility for the following programmes:
National accounts statistics are used for:
Statistics published by the Division are used by the private sector, government agencies, international agencies, researchers and students.
This division is responsible for the planning, implementation and management of all censuses undertaken by the Institute and also for research and analysis on demographic, social and environment statistics.
The two units within the division are: