The Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN), wishes to advise the public that due to technical difficulties beyond our control, the January 2016 Merchandise Trade Bulletin will not be released on Friday April 29, 2016 as indicated on the Advanced Release Calendar.
As soon as the issues are resolved we will inform you of the new release date.
STATIN sincerely apologises for any inconvenience caused.
The Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) reveals that the All Jamaica ‘All Divisions’ Consumer Price Index for April 2016, declined by 0.4 per cent when compared to March 2016.
The Producer Price Index (PPI) for the Mining & Quarrying industry for April 2016 recorded an increase of 0.2 per cent when compared to the 0.8 per cent upward movement for the previous month. The Manufacturing industry recorded an upward movement of 0.7 per cent in output prices for the similar period. This was due to the increases in the index for the major groups; ’Refined Petroleum Products’ moving up by 4.5 per cent and ‘Food, Beverages & Tobacco’ up by 0.1 per cent.
The Jamaican economy grew by 0.7 per cent for the fourth quarter of 2015 when compared to the similar quarter of 2014. This resulted from increased output levels in both the Goods Producing Industries of 1.2 per cent and the Services Industries of 0.6 per cent.
The positive performance of the Goods Producing Industries was influenced by increased activities in Manufacturing (6.2 per cent) and Construction (0.6 per cent). The growth in the Manufacturing industry was influenced by growth in both the Food, Beverages & Tobacco and Other Manufacturing sub-industries. Improvement in the Construction industry was due to an increase in non-residential projects including the continued infrastructural developments on hotels and increased in civil engineering activities and rehabilitation works. However, the Agriculture, Fishing & Forestry and the Mining & Quarrying industries both declined. Agriculture, Fishing & Forestry was impacted by drought conditions which persisted for much of the year and the Mining & Quarrying was affected by lower demand for bauxite.
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 main findings of the January 2016 Labour Force Survey, conducted by the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) are presented below. The reference week for this survey was December 13-19, 2015.
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