The All Jamaica ‘All Divisions’ Consumer Price Index for the month of October 2015 was 230.7. This represented an inflation rate of 0.3 per cent when compared to the index for September 2015.
The Producer Price Index (PPI) for the Mining & Quarrying industry for the month of September, increased by 0.2 per cent. The Producer Price Index for the Manufacturing industry decreased by 0.3 per cent for the same period.
Total value added at constant prices for the Jamaican economy increased by 0.6 per cent in the second quarter of 2015 when compared to the similar quarter of 2014. This growth was attributed to improved performance in both the Goods Producing industries and Services industries of 0.8 per cent and 0.5 per cent respectively.
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 July 2015, the number of persons in the Labour Force was 1,320,500, an increase of 16,800 (1.3%) higher than the 1,303,700 recorded in July 2014.
Jamaica’s merchandise trade deficit during January to July 2015 stood at US$2,239.7 million, a fall of 13.7 per cent when compared to US$2,594.8 million recorded in the same 2014 period.
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