The All Jamaica ‘All Divisions’ CPI for the month of December recorded an upward movement in its index of 0.2 per cent, resulting in a rate of inflation of 3.7 per cent for the 2015 calendar year.
The Producer Price Index for the month of December went up by 0.3 per cent in the Mining & Quarrying industry. This followed an increase of 0.7 per cent in November and an increase of 0.9 per cent in October. The decline of 1.4 per cent reflected in the index for the Manufacturing industry was due mainly to the fall in the index for the major group ‘Refined Petroleum Products’ with a downward movement of 11.8 per cent for the period under review. The impact of this movement was however lessened by an increase of 0.4 per cent in each of the index for the major groups ’Food, Beverages & Tobacco’ and ’Chemicals and Chemical Products’.
Value added for the Jamaican economy grew by 1.5 per cent when compared to the similar quarter in 2014. This was due to improved performance of 3.9 per cent in the Goods Producing industries and 0.7 per cent in the Services industries.
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) presents the main findings of the Labour Force
October 2015. The reference week for this survey was September 20-26, 2015.
The merchandise trade deficit for the current review period, January to October 2015 was US$3,112.2 million, which was 12.6 per cent or US$448.8 million less than the US$3,561.0 million in the comparable 2014 review period. Total expenditure on imports stood at US$4,166.4 million, a decrease of 13.1 per cent or US$627.3 million, while total earnings from exports amounted to US$1,054.2 million, a decrease of 14.5 per cent or US$178.5 million when compared to the similar 2014 period.
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