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GDPThe Jamaican economy grew by 1.6 per cent in the first quarter of 2014 when compared to the similar quarter of 2013. This performance resulted from increased output levels in both the Goods Producing industries of 5.5 per cent and Services industries of 0.3 per cent. For the fiscal year 2013/2014 the economy grew by 0.9 per cent.6/30/20149/30/2014
PPIThe Mining & Quarrying industry recorded an increase of 1.9 per cent in the index for June 2014. This was as a result of the depreciation of the Jamaican Dollar against the United States Dollar. For the Manufacturing industry a 1.5 per cent upward movement was registered for the same period. The index rose as a result in increases in the pr oducers’ output prices for the major groups; ‘Food Beverages and Tobacco’ and ‘Refined Petroleum Products’ each rising by 1.6 per cent and ‘Chemicals and Chemical Products’ which went up by 1.7 per cent.7/31/20148/31/2014
TradeJamaica imported goods valued at US$1,861.3 million for the January to April 201 4 period, a decrease of US$199.2 million or 9.7 per cent. The Jamaica freezone imported US$27.5 million. Total exports for the January to April 2014 period were US$521.0 million, down from US$598.1 in the January to April 2013 period, a decrease US$77.1 mi llion or 12.9 per cent. The Jamaica Free Zone accounted for US$4.4 million of total exports during the 2014 period. For the four months under review, Jamaica recorded a trade deficit of US$1,340.4 million, down from US$1,462.5 million. 7/31/20148/31/2014
LFSIn April 2014, the number of persons in the Labour Force was 1,311,100, a decrease of 11,300 (0.9%) from the 1,322,400 recorded in April 2013. The male labour force was relatively unchanged from 716,100 persons in April 2013 to 716,000 persons in April 2014. The female labour force decreased by 11,200 (1.9%) from 606,300 in April 2013 to 595,100 in April 20148/4/201410/31/2014
CPIThe inflation rate for July 2014 was 1.4 per cent, the highest rate recorded since September 2013. Contributing to the rise in inflation were increases in the cost of some agricultural products as the drought affecting most of the island resulted in a shortage in supply. The highest weighted division ‘Food and Non-Alcoholic Beverages’ increased by 2.0 per cent with the classes ‘Vegetables and Starchy Foods’ moving up by 6.3 per cent and ‘Fruit’ by 5.8 per cent.8/15/20149/15/2014

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