The Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN), reports that for July 2015 the All Jamaica ‘All Divisions’ Consumer Price Index was 227.2 indicating an increase of 0.9 per cent.
The Producer Price Index showed an increase of 0.2 per cent for the Mining & Quarrying industry for the month of July. This was due to the upward movement of 0.2 per cent in the index for the major group ‘Bauxite Mining & Alumina Processing’.
During the first quarter of 2015, the Jamaican economy grew by 0.4 per cent when compared to the similar quarter of 2014. This growth was due mainly to a 0.6 per cent increase in the Services industries.
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.
During the period January to May 2015, the merchandise trade deficit stood at US$1,523.5 million, a fall of 13.4 per cent when compared to the US$1,759.0 million recorded in the similar 2014 period.
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