Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony is surprised by recent accusations emanating from the United Workers Party, questioning the validity of unemployment figures for 2015.
In the view of the Prime Minister, “it is evident that Allen Chastanet is seeking to bring the honour and integrity of the Central Statistics Office into disrepute.”
According to recently published data, the rate of unemployment decreased from 23.5% in the third quarter to 20.6% in the fourth quarter of 2015.
The 20.6% unemployment rate was driven by 5,000 more jobs created from the fourth quarter of 2015 when compared to the fourth quarter of 2014. It was estimated that 3,000 of these jobs were created in construction, 1,000 in the public sector and 1,000 in the accommodation and food service sector.
Prime Minister Dr. Kenny D. Anthony welcomes news that more persons are employed in jobs, especially in cases where the average work week exceeds 35 hours.
The Prime Minister also touts the success of programs such as the National Initiative to Create Employment (NICE) which, since its inception in June 2012, has proven to be a viable source of employment in the public and private sectors, as well as the Agro-Processing, Manufacturing and Creative Industries.