LABOUR INTENSIVE: According to Director General of the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), Dr. Wayne Henry, Jamaica’s overall labour force rose by some 8,000 persons to 1, 371,300 as of July 2017. The number of females employed (for the corresponding period), he cited, stands at 538, 900. The figures were obtained from the latest Labour Force Survey done by the Statistical Institute (STATIN). “This out-turn in the number of employed persons continues the trend of establishing record levels of employment, observed since mid-2016,” Dr. Henry noted, while addressing a recent media briefing at PIOJ headquarters in New Kingston. “Prior to those increases, the previous record level of employment was registered in October 2008 at 1,174,500 persons.” Concerning the latest figures, Henry said the sub-sectors showing the largest increases were hotels and restaurants (up 11,000 persons), financial intermediation (up 6,700 persons) and wholesale and retail repair of motor vehicles and equipment (up 5,300 persons).
PUSHING THE LIMITS: Telecomms giants Digicel has renewed its commitment to bolster its services islandwide by investing in the latest and best in modern technology. “Ten years ago, we brought a first-of-its-kind network to deliver high-speed broadband internet to traditionally neglected parts of Jamaica and we remain committed to delivering the best data speeds and service to all our customers islandwide," says Digicel Jamaica CEO, Justin Morin. “In keeping with our long-standing commitment to deepen internet penetration in Jamaica, we have been investing in rolling out new cutting-edge LTE technology to replace our Wi-Max network. LTE will deliver speeds up to 50 times faster for an amazing network experience. This transition to newer, faster, more modern technology is already happening as part of our 2030 transformation.”