The rate of unemployment for October to December of 2015 stood at 10.2 per cent, with unemployment among males at 11.7 per cent and 8.6 per cent among females.

These statistics are based on data produced by the Barbados Statistical Service and derived from the Continuous Household Labour Force Survey.??In the review period, the number of persons employed totalled 130,300; of whom 64,800 were males and 65,500 were females.

The total number of unemployed persons stood at 14,800; some 8,600 males and 6,200 females. In total, the number of persons in the labour force stood at 145,100. The number of persons not actively looking for work, hence excluded from the labour force, was 76,900 persons. The Labour Force participation rate stood at 65.3 per cent, with participation among males at 69.2 per cent and 61.8 per cent among females.

In the fourth quarter of 2015, the Wholesale & Retail Trade Sector generated jobs for the largest number of persons, employing 20,600 persons, while the Accommodation & Food Services Sector employed 15,400 persons.

The Construction, Mining & Quarrying Sector generated employment for 12,800 persons and the Manufacturing Sector generated employment for 9,500 persons. Employment in the Public Administration & Defence Sector reached 9,100 persons, while the Administrative & Support Service Sector reached 8,400 persons.

The Other Groups Sector (which includes the Information and Communications, Activities of Extraterritorial Organisations & Bodies, Real Estate & Arts, Entertainment and Recreation industries) and the Education Sector employed 7,800 persons and 7,500 persons, respectively.

The Transportation and Storage Sector employed 7,000 persons, while the Human Health & Social Work Sector and the Activities of Households as Employers Sector generated employment for 6,500 persons and 5,300 persons, respectively.

Employment in the Finance & Insurance Sector stood at 5,000 persons, while employment in the Professional, Scientific & Technical Services Sector stood at 4,500 persons. The employment generated in the Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing Sector was 3,700 persons.

During the review period, employment levels in the Other Services Sector stood at 3,300 persons. The Electric, Gas, Steam, Water & Air Conditioning Supply Sector generated jobs for 3,100 persons, while 700 persons were employed in the Not Stated Sector during the fourth quarter of 2015.

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