Govt reports 2016 unemployment dip

Government is reporting a slight drop in the country’s unemployment rate.

In a release issued by the Barbados Government Information Service (BGIS), the Ministry of Economic Affairs reported Friday that the jobless rate for 2016 stood at 9.7 per cent, down by 1.6 percentage points from the 11.3 per cent recorded at the end of 2015.

Quoting statistics derived from the Barbados Statistical Service’s Continuous Household Labour Force Survey, the Chris Sinckler-led ministry further indicated that unemployment among males stood at 9.3 per cent while for females it was 10.1 per cent.

Overall, 132,900 were employed – including 67,500 males and 65,400 females – while those out of work numbered 14,300 – including 6,900 males and 7,300 females.

“In total, the number of persons in the labour force stood at 147,200. The number of persons not actively looking for work, hence excluded from the labour force, was 74,000,” the ministry said, adding that “the labour force participation rate stood at 66.5 per cent, with participation among males at 70.4 per cent and 62.9 per cent among females”.

In terms of employment by sectors, the Wholesale & Retail Trade Sector generated jobs for the largest number or 22,400 jobs, while the Accommodation & Food Services Sector provided work for 16,400 people. Construction, Mining & Quarrying generated employment for 14,000 people and the Public Administration & Defence Sector an additional 9,700 jobs.

The total number of people employed in the Manufacturing Sector last year was 9,400 and the Other Groups Sector accounted for 8,300 jobs while the Administrative & Support Service Sector and the Transportation & Storage Sector employed 7,600 and 6,700 people respectively.

The Human Health & Social Work Sector provided 6,600 jobs, while the Education Sector generated employment for 6,100 people and the Finance & Insurance Sector for 5,800 people.

Employment in the Activities of Households as Employers Sector stood at 5,400, while employment in the Professional, Scientific & Technical Services Sector stood at 4,500 people. The number of jobs generated in the Other Services Sector was 4,000.

During the review period, the Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing Sector provided work for 3,800 people, while the Electric, Gas, Steam, Water & Air Conditioning Supply Sector generated 2,300 jobs. 

Source: (BT)

15 Responses to Govt reports 2016 unemployment dip

  1. Kym Reigns
    Kym Reigns June 24, 2017 at 12:26 am


    • Ricardo Worrell
      Ricardo Worrell June 24, 2017 at 12:39 am

      Yes BS to the highest degree

    • John Herbert
      John Herbert June 24, 2017 at 12:43 am

      Produce the evidence that it is. Better yet produce your evidence with respect the true position.

  2. Skilnic Skyy
    Skilnic Skyy June 24, 2017 at 12:47 am

    Them to prove..them was telling lies for 8 yrs now so impossible to take them serious

  3. Sandra Madea
    Sandra Madea June 24, 2017 at 1:19 am


  4. Glenn Damon Clarke
    Glenn Damon Clarke June 24, 2017 at 1:47 am

    So a few of the 3000 they let go found a new job?

  5. Macmood Tata
    Macmood Tata June 24, 2017 at 4:15 am

    Talk currently not 2016 wha bout now dem to shame to tell d truth dat it gone bak up das y den using 2016 n not 2017. Dem can’t fool me

  6. Hazel Harrison
    Hazel Harrison June 24, 2017 at 5:22 am

    y these people dont stop this…unemployment propably the highest it ever was

  7. hcalndre June 24, 2017 at 5:35 am

    Show the public how you arrived at those numbers, just like that all these people found work? as the minister said that in a few months unemployment would be a thing of the past. Fake news as fake news can be.

  8. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce June 24, 2017 at 6:48 am


  9. Kamila Burrowes
    Kamila Burrowes June 24, 2017 at 7:31 am

    So why I’m still unemployed with a Bs degree stupse lies you tell

  10. Julia Collymore
    Julia Collymore June 24, 2017 at 10:07 am

    Oh really them nos.wrong

  11. Kevin June 24, 2017 at 11:37 am

    Good news. Lets hope it goes even lower.

  12. Belfast June 24, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    How many of the thousands of youth who left school in July 2016 have found employment?


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