Unemployment down in 2018 — PIOJ Economic and Social Survey

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The labour force contracted by 1.6 per cent to 1, 337 575 workers, with males (53.9 per cent) still outnumbering females.Average annual employment improved by 1.3 per cent to a record 1, 215, 975 workers. Unemployment rates in 2018 continued to trend down to 9.1 per cent from 11.7 per cent. In July of 2018, the unemployment rate declined to a low of 8.4 per cent, the lowest rate on record in Jamaica.

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New round of minimum wage talks to begin soon

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The National Minimum Wage Advisory Commission (NMWAC) is expected to get going within a few weeks, with its focus on consultations on a new national minimum wage and minimum rates for private security workers by early next year.

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Slight uptick in number of HIV/AIDS cases in Jamaica in 2018

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ALMOST 1,200 new cases of HIV/AIDS were diagnosed in Jamaica last year as the number of persons across the island living with the disease climbed to 26,426.This moved the country’s HIV/AIDS prevalence to 1.8 per cent in the general population, up from 1.7 in 2017.The figures are contained in the 2018 Economic & Social Survey Jamaica published by the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) and tabled in Parliament on Tuesday.

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Jamaica gets UK help to map seabed

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The British Government is providing more help for Jamaica to support safe maritime trade and the development of a sustainable blue economy.Through the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO), the British Government is undertaking a three-week capacity-building programme in the island.

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Pre- vs post- workout nutrition needs

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THERE is an ongoing debate regarding what and when one should eat before and after working out.If you are currently trying to reduce your body fat, this is a particularly sensitive issue.

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Sunday Brew — June 30, 2019

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Will a general election be held this year?The signs are clear that Prime Minister Andrew Holness may be planning to announce a general election much earlier than the electorate would be prepared for one.And why not? With the Opposition People’s National Party in some amount of disarray and more misguided internal fireworks expected in coming months, would it not be wise on the part of the prime minister and his Labour Party to go for the kill?

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WiPay ready to take Jamaica’s e-commerce market by storm

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ONE of the senior officials of Trinidad & Tobago-based software company WiPay believes that Jamaicans will be better off working with the latest e-commerce technology that he insists will make things much easier for their small, medium, and large companies in their daily commercial activities.

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RAPING AS YOUNG AS 4

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Mandeville , Manchester — The Manchester police are tackling several cases of rape and sexual assault, with children as young as age four among the victims. The most recent incident occurred on June 18 in the Newport police division. Police say an 11-year-old girl was attacked, dragged into bushes and raped before being knocked unconscious.

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Supreme Ventures and Church are cool, says CEO

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THERE were howls of verbal protest from the Church 18 years ago when Supreme Ventures entered the gaming business.After all, the Church had always preached to its numbers that it was an abominable sin to dabble with games of chance, although many Christians, church goers and others spiritually inclined often argued that life itself was a gamble.

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Man claims auntie grabs his ‘balls’ during altercation

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A man who was dragged before the Kingston and St Andrew court last week for choking his aunt, claimed he was acting in self-defence because his aunt was squeezing his ‘balls’.Clive Campbell, 20-year-old resident of Rockfort in Kingston, was recently arrested and charged with assault.

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