The Inflation Rate for the month of August 2016 rose by 0.4 per cent over July 2016. For a second consecutive month the division ‘Housing, Water, Electricity Gas and Other Fuels’ recorded the highest movement, 1.8 per cent. This was primarily due to the increase in rates for electricity and water. The group ‘Food and Non-Alcoholic Beverages’ division increased by 0.4 per cent. This was mainly influenced by the upward movement in the group ‘Vegetables and Starchy Foods’ up by 0.9 per cent.
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 at the end of the January to April 2016 review period, stood at US$1,066.0 million, US$142.0 million below the US$1,208.0 million recorded in the comparable 2015 period. Jamaica‟s imports bill decreased to US$1,452.9 million, US$224.5 million less when compared to the US$1,677.4 million in January to April 2015. Total exports for January to April 2016 amounted to US$386.9 million, a fall of 17.6 per cent when compared to the US$469.4 million for the similar 2015 period.
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