SLP pleased with unemployment figures

Press Release:-The Saint Lucia Labour Party is pleased that according to the reports from the Statistics Department, the overall unemployment rate decreased in 2016 particularly in the first three (3) quarters.

Party Leader Hon Philip J Pierre notes that this can be attributed to the policies of the former Labour Government and is testimony to the fact that the economy was beginning to show signs of recovery and the confidence of investors and the private sector was returning.

The Party notes however, that in the last quarter of 2016, when the UWP was in power, unemployment increased. This increase in unemployment is a direct result of the stopping of labour intensive projects by the United Workers Party for petty political reasons. Examples of these projects are:  

  • Vieux Fort Administrative Complex
  • Soufriere Square
  • Vieux Fort Water Project
  • Old Trafford Field Project in Soufriere
  • Failure to commence Choc/Gros Islet Highway
  • Failure to commence Choc Bridge
  • Airport Terminal
  • Choiseul Secondary School
  • Flood Mitigation Projects

These projects according to the Leader of the Opposition would have created direct and indirect employment and consequently decrease the unemployment rate.

The SLP remains concerned about the unemployment situation and urges the government to do all in its power to further reduce the rate of unemployment particularly among the youth.


  1. Sad-But-True
    February 17, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    Only by the Superior Party, The SLP.
    We build and build and build. 🙂

    1. Anonymous
      February 17, 2017 at 3:00 pm

      Ok Jack the ass

      1. Sad-But-True
        February 17, 2017 at 5:10 pm

        Aweee, you voted for your white supremacist, who is busy enriching his white friends, while you cyan eat. Lol. History has taught you ex-slaves nothing.
        You chose to be enslaved again on this modern time 🙂

      2. Anonymous
        February 17, 2017 at 8:25 pm

        You’re such an idiot. You’ve adopted the slave mentality and continually portray it yourself. What have “white” people ever some to you directly?? They go to school with us and work alongside is in this country. This isn’t America. Black people in St Lucia work for other black people as well. White people also work for black people. We’re a diverse nation and we all continue to contribute to make it strong. Your foolish mentality is what holds everyone back in the slave era.

      3. concerned citizens
        February 17, 2017 at 10:08 pm

        Open your eyes my dear. The mulatos in this country seem to think that they are cut from a better clothe from the blacks. Oh ho the discrimination and racism is here alright. It’s overt, but it is there.

        the thing is the blacks out number the whites and mulatos. but if you ever attend functions where they are in the majority, they are very sure to let you know (body language, sarcasm and innuendos) that you are not welcome.

        By the way the old bourgeoisy are ecstatic that he is the Prime Minister. He’s going to ensure that their pockets are once again lined with fresh money cause most of them are broke and have fallen from grace but working hard at keeping up the illusions.

        Yes we’re on to you.

        Peace! Out!

  2. Anonymous
    February 17, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    This headline is very misleading.

    I expected to read something else

    Whether it went up or down the fact that there is unemployment is always serious cause for concern. It shows that those employed manage the country have not done a good job, thus far.

    And here we have Ministah Rigobert telling us that our jobs at home are not secured.

    Yes go ahead and give what little we have away.

  3. Alvin Ernest
    February 17, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    The government should commission a taskforce to investigate the future of work in St Lucia. I say this in the context that all over the world vertical markets are being redefined by new workflows that are increasingly dominated by the internet and automation… In the very near future, humans will need to adapt… fiscal considerations such as UBI (Universal Basic Income) and Continuous Retaining will be critical. The small economies like St Lucia will be particularly exposed as there will be no answers from textbooks and larger economies as they too are struggling with these futures. I believe that small economies have a perfect opportunity to develop thought leadership around these issues as they can test new hypothesises quickly… small economies should use this opportunity to wean themselves off their dependence on being taught (as that addiction means you are a constant follower), it is time for self-directed learning, no need to appease anyone, the fundamental aim should be to improve the quality and quantity of life for all St Lucians

    1. Anon Y. Mous
      February 18, 2017 at 6:01 am


  4. Anon Y. Mous
    February 18, 2017 at 5:59 am

    @ concerned citizens

    That sounds like your inference and your own personal self esteem problem. If they “seem to think so” that’s the way you’re interpreting it. Because as you said black people out number them and are more involved in almost every part of the country. They are a minority here so why do you believe they act like a majority and why do you have a minority mindset??? If you feel you are not welcome I’m sorry but that’s on you. The people who work hard or deserve to be there by their own merit know they’re welcome. Stop making yourself a victim to a non existent bully. We are not the US. We are not subject to all these systems designed to make black people fail. So stop holding us back with your old time beliefs. If people are happy that business and tourism will come to St Lucia, 9/10 times it’s because they’re getting more money cuz of the actual business and tourism. Not cuz being white they magically get more money when foreigners show up. It’s little thinking people like you who hurt the vendors association. When things go well for the country they get money too you know.. And guess what.. They worked hard for it and aren’t white. Imagine that..

    1. concerned citizens
      February 18, 2017 at 12:29 pm

      Dear friend,

      It appears that I’ve strummed your sensitive chord.

      Let me do you the honours of enlightening you.

      People from different socio-economic backgrounds, countries, formal education -most of whom have never met – whose reports are almost identical cannot be wrong.

      The house helpers working in Cap Estate

      Intellectuals in their circles

      The children who share the same classes at school with their children, who by the way have made racial comments to them. Parents had to be brought in to iron out the matter.

      I know for a fact that most send their kids to private schools because they don’t want them to mix with the “locals”

      The list goes on.

      You see you are quite right when said it’s a mindset. So my advice to you is to analyze yourself.

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