Statistics derived from the Continuous Household Labour Force Survey indicated that the rate of unemployment for the third quarter (July to September) of 2011 stood at a provisional 12.5 per cent. The unemployment rate among males stood at 11.2 per cent and 14.0 per cent among females.
In the review period, there were 145,200 persons in the labour force, which represented an increase of 3.8 per cent or 5,300 persons when compared with the 139,900 recorded in the third quarter of 2010. The number of persons employed in the labour force totalled 126,900 persons which was an increase of 2.2 per cent or 2,700 persons when compared with the 124,200 recorded in the third quarter of 2010.
The number of males employed for the third quarter of 2011 stood at 66,100, while 60,800 females were employed. The total number of unemployed persons stood at 18,200, comprising 8,300 males and 9,900 females. The total labour force stood at 145,100 persons, consisting of 74,400 males and 70,700 females. The number of persons not actively looking for work, hence excluded from the labour force was 68,700 persons comprising 26,700 males and 42,000 females. The Labour Force Participation rate stood at 67.9 per cent with participation among males at 73.6 per cent and 62.8 per cent among females.
In the third quarter of 2011, the Wholesale and Retail Trade sector generated jobs for the largest number of persons, employing 21,400 persons, while the Construction, Mining & Quarrying Sector employed 14,900 persons. The Accommodation & Food Services Sector employed 13,000 persons, while the Public Administration & Defence sector employed 9,400 persons.
The Transportation and Storage Sector provided jobs for 8,400 persons; the Manufacturing Sector employed 8,000 persons and 7,700 persons were employed in the Education Sector.?? The Administrative & Support Service Sector employed 6,900 persons, while the "Other Groups" category generated employment for 6,500 persons.
The Finance & Insurance sector employed 6,200 persons, while the Human Health & Social Work Sector generated employment for 5,800 persons. The Activities of Households as Employers Sector provided employment for 5,300 persons, while the Professional, Scientific & Technical Services Sector employed 4,100 persons. The Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing Sector employed 3,700 persons while employment in Other Services totalled 3,300. The Electricity, Gas, Steam, Water & Air Condition Supply Sector employed 2,600 persons.