In January of this year, the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) reported that the country’s unemployment rate had fallen to a record low of 7.2 percent. Since then, there has been major job cuts across several sectors as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Many are now of the view that this will affect the unemployment rate since companies are adapting to fit in with the new normal. The Ministry of Labour and Social Security is meeting companies to assess the situation.

“The ministry, we continue to rely on the information that our stakeholders give to us from time to time. The Labour Advisory council has been properly constituted to reflect an arrangement that takes into account employers, government and workers,” explains Mayne.

While not able to confirm current unemployment figures, Mayne says the Labour and Social ministry is reliant on feedback from employers.

“They too put and advanced the position of their membership and it guides data and policy,” he adds.

Mayne was speaking at the Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities where the Universal Service Fund handed over multipurpose printers , tablets and laptop computers valued at $1.5 million to the disabled community.

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