The Statistical Institute of Jamaica’s (STATIN) October 2020 Labour Force Survey showed increased employment for ‘Real Estate and Other Business Services’.
This was the only industry group to record a growth in employment for the period.
STATIN Director General, Carol Coy, said that the workforce climbed by 11,100 persons, or 11 per cent, to 105,400.
The number of employed males increased by 6,700 or 11.8 per cent, while the complement of females rose by 4,400 or 8.8 per cent.
Coy was addressing STATIN’s digital quarterly briefing on Wednesday.
She said that the largest declines in employment were recorded in the categories – ‘Arts, Entertainment, Recreation and Other Services’, which fell by 36,900 persons or 27.9 per cent; ‘Accommodation and Food Service Activities’, down 23,400 persons or 22.1 per cent; and ‘Wholesale and Retail Trade, Repair of Motor Vehicles and Motorcycles’, which had 15,800 fewer persons, representing 6.6 per cent decline.
The Director General noted that the impact of the reduction was larger for females in each group.