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            [post_content] => Prime Minister Andrew Holness says Jamaica’s unemployment rate declined to a record low 9.6 per cent as at the end of January.

That is down from the 10.4 per cent out-turn for the last quarter of 2017, and dips below the 9.8 per cent recorded in the corresponding quarter back in 2007.

Holness said of note is the decline in youth unemployment. That fell to 23.8 per cent as at the end of January 2018, down from 31.7 per cent for the corresponding period last year. The unemployment rate among male youth fell by 4.7 percentage points to 20.4 per cent, while there was a 4.9 per cent decline in the female rate from 17 per cent in January 2017 to 12.1 per cent as at January 2018.

Among those counted in the 9.6 per cent who are unemployed, the Prime Minister said, are youth who are not trained, are below the educational attainment for their age, and are not currently attached to any institution.

“They would probably make up the largest portion of the unemployed,” he said.

Holness also reported significant investments and development interest in business process outsourcing, tourism and hospitality, services generally, mining, and construction and civil development.

He noted, however, that the immediate constraint on the expansion of these enterprises is the availability of a labour force “that is at least at the minimum educational attainment level for their life cycle; that possesses work-ready attitudes; and are amenable to training”.

Holness emphasised the Government’s goal of ensuring that “no one is left behind” and that there is “equal opportunity for every Jamaican to self-actualize”.

He emphasized that the best way to achieve this is by providing individuals with gainful employment.

Against this background, the Prime Minister said the Government has been proactive in implementing human resource development policies that ensure alignment between the output of the education and training institutions and the skill demand of industries.
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Jamaica Unemployment Declines To All Time Low At 9.6%

May 3, 2018
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Prime Minister Andrew Holness says Jamaicas unemployment rate declined to a record low 9.6 per cent as at the end of January. That is down from the 10.4 per cent out-turn for th...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => The Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Coast Guard yesterday seized approximately 765 pounds of compressed marijuana when it intercepted a vessel off the coast of Westmoreland and held three men – two locals and a Haitian.

A JDF Coast Guard patrol team on board HMJS Cornwall was conducting routine patrols off the coast of Westmoreland when they spotted a blue motor-vessel acting suspiciously.

“The Coast Guard team approached the vessel in order to carry out a board and search, when the three men were spotted throwing a number of packages over board. The Coast Guard team recovered five packages that were thrown overboard and another 11 that were still on board. The packages were subsequently found to contain the contraband, leading to the arrest of the three men,” the JDF said.

Several fuel containers with over 150 gallons of fuel were also seized in the drug bust.

The three men were handed over to the narcotics police for processing, while the marijuana was weighed and similarly processed.

The JDF said it’s “strongly suspected” the drug shipment was connected to the ongoing guns-for-drugs trade between Jamaican and Haitian criminals.

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Major Drug Bust Made By Jamaica Coast Guard

May 4, 2018
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The Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Coast Guard yesterday seized approximately 765 pounds of compressed marijuana when it intercepted a vessel off the coast of Westmoreland and held th...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => Early Friday morning, the stepdaughter of Trinidad and Tobago’s Minister in the Ministry of the Attorney General Stuart Young was released by kidnappers after being abducted on Thursday night.

Krystiana Sankar, 24, was picked up on the Morne Coco Road, Petit Valley, Diego Martin around 2 a.m. after a ransom was paid.

Reports indicate that the kidnappers had demanded TT$200,000 (US$30,062) but TT$167,000 (US$25,102) was instead paid and Sankar was allowed to go free.

She had been kidnapped six hours earlier, around 8 o’clock last night, while at a friend’s house in Diego Martin. According to reports, two armed men rushed into the house and took her away in a van.

 
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Trinidad Government Minister Pays Up TT$167,000 For The Release of His Stepdaughter From Kidnappers

April 15, 2018
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