The Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) wishes to advise the public that April 2016 Labour Force Report
will not be available to the public on Friday, July 29, 2016 as indicated on the Advanced Release Calendar.
The new date for release will be Friday, August 12, 2016.
STATIN sincerely apologises for any inconvenience caused.
The Inflation Rate for the month of July 2016 was 0.5 per cent. This was mainly impacted by the division ‘Housing, Water, Electricity Gas and Other Fuels’ which recorded an increase of 2.7 per cent. This was the highest movement recorded for any division. Higher rates for electricity, water and sewage, continued to influence the upward movement in the index for the groups, ‘Electricity, Gas and Other Fuels’
(4.6 per cent) and ‘Water Supply and Miscellaneous Services Related to the dwelling’ (2.8 per cent).
The Producer Price Index for the Mining & Quarrying industry increased by 1.1 per cent in July 2016. This was due to a similar upward movement of 1.1 per cent for the major group ‘Bauxite Mining & Alumina Processing’. Producer prices for the Manufacturing industry increased by 0.2 per cent. Contributing to this movement were the major groups ’Food, Beverages & Tobacco’ which rose by 0.1 per cent, ‘Chemical and Chemical Products’ which increased by 0.6 per cent and ‘Paper and Paper Products’ which recorded a movement of 2.8 per cent. However, these upward movements were moderated by a 0.4 per cent decline in the major group ‘Refined Petroleum Products’.
The Jamaican economy grew by 0.8 per cent for the first quarter of 2016 when compared to the
similar quarter of 2015. This resulted from increased output levels in both the Goods Producing
Industries of 0.9 per cent and the Services Industries of 0.7 per cent.
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.
The Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) is pleased to release the highlights from the April 2016 Labour Force Survey. The information contained in this report is based on data collected during the period April – June 2016 with the reference week being March 13-19, 2016.
The merchandise trade deficit for January to March 2016 review period, stood at US$829.9 million, which represented a US$83.0 million or 9.1 per cent decline when compared to the US$913.0 million in January to March 2015. The imports bill was valued at US$1,096.9 million, when compared to US$1,251.0 million in January to March 2015, reflecting a 12.3 per cent or US$154.0 million fall. Total revenue from exports for January to March 2016 amounted to US$267.0 million, which represented a decrease of 21.0 per cent or US$71.0 million, when compared to the US$338.0 million in the comparable 2015 period.
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