STATIN reports women driving Jamaica’s increase in employment rates
KINGSTON, JAMAICA — Jobs in Jamaica continue to show strong signs of recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic and its devastating impact on tourism.
The Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) just today confirmed that the number of employed residents increased by 5.2 percent as compared to the same period last year.
Further, this is not the first time STATIN has noted a significant improvement in employment figures. In fact, over the last year or more, STATIN’s data on the Jamaican labour force have been consistently positive.
Joseph Boll, Caribbean Employment Services Inc. CEO, said STATIN’s latest figures, in addition to the consistently high employment figures recorded over the past year, is a positive sign for Jamaica’s economy.
Caribbean Employment Services Inc. is one of the Caribbean’s market-leading talent acquisition services. We seek to connect hiring managers with the top Caribbean talent in their field, as well as help jobseekers find the best possible job opportunities for their skill set.
“International organizations had projected slow growth for the Caribbean on the heels of the COVID-19 pandemic,” noted Boll.
“But countries like Jamaica have continued to prove that those forecasts may have underestimated the resilience of the Caribbean to some degree.
“Jobs in Jamaica are thriving, and many other neighbouring nations are also seeing an uptick in jobs that points to recovery that may have been even better than originally anticipated.”
Women driving employment increase
According to STATIN’s latest data, Jamaican women largely drove the increase in employment.
The organization noted, “In April 2022, there were 1,269,300 employed persons, an increase of 63,300 (5.2 percent) over April 2021.
“[Women] accounted for just over one-half of the increase in employment (33,600 or
“Female employment increased mainly in the occupation groups ‘Service Workers and Shop and Market Sales Workers’ and ‘Clerks’, while the increase in male employment was primarily in ‘Craft and Related Trades Workers’ and ‘Elementary Occupations’.”
Additionally, STATIN outlined that the number of employed Jamaican women as of April 2022 stood at 577,700 — an increase of 6.2 percent as compared to April 2021.
However, despite this significant increase, there were still more Jamaican men than women employed up to this year.
STATIN noted that the number of employed Jamaican men as of April 2022 stood at 691,600 — an increase of 4.5 percent as compared to April 2021.