Unemployment Rate in Jamaica decreased to 8 percent in the first quarter of 2019 from 8.70 percent in the fourth quarter of 2018. Unemployment Rate in Jamaica averaged 13.19 percent from 1991 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 16.50 percent in the fourth quarter of 1997 and a record low of 8 percent in the first quarter of 2019.

Unemployment Rate in Jamaica is expected to be 7.90 percent by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Unemployment Rate in Jamaica to stand at 6.70 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the Jamaica Unemployment Rate is projected to trend around 7.00 percent in 2020, according to our econometric models.

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Jamaica Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 8.00 8.70 16.50 8.00 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 19.70 22.20 37.00 19.40 percent [+]
Population 2.73 2.73 2.73 1.63 Million [+]
Unemployed Persons 107500.00 115600.00 215100.00 107500.00 [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 64.20 64.00 65.50 61.70 percent [+]
Employed Persons 1232700.00 1219700.00 1232700.00 1098700.00 [+]
Employment Rate 91.60 90.30 91.60 83.70 percent [+]


Jamaica Unemployment Rate

In Jamaica, the unemployment rate measures the number of people actively looking for a job as a percentage of the labour force. This page provides - Jamaica Unemployment Rate - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. Jamaica Unemployment Rate - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on June of 2019.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
8.00 8.70 16.50 8.00 1991 - 2019 percent Quarterly




Country Last Previous
South Africa 27.60 Mar/19
Spain 14.70 Mar/19
Turkey 14.10 Mar/19
Brazil 12.50 Apr/19
Italy 10.20 Apr/19
Argentina 10.10 Mar/19
France 8.70 Mar/19
Euro Area 7.60 Apr/19
Saudi Arabia 6.00 Dec/18
Canada 5.40 May/19
Australia 5.20 May/19
Indonesia 5.01 Mar/19
Russia 4.50 May/19
South Korea 4.00 May/19
United Kingdom 3.80 Apr/19
China 3.67 Mar/19
United States 3.60 May/19
India 3.53 Dec/18
Mexico 3.50 May/19
Netherlands 3.30 May/19
Germany 3.20 Apr/19
Japan 2.40 Apr/19
Switzerland 2.30 May/19
Singapore 2.20 Mar/19


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