Jamaican newspaper delivery jobs growth stalls in December
JAMAICA, Jamaica – Job growth in the newspaper delivery industry in Jamaica has stalled for the first time in December, but it is still expected to increase.
The Jamaica Times newspaper delivery job market report, published on Thursday, showed job growth fell by 1.6 per cent in December to 2,988, down from 2,996 in December 2016.
In November, the Times published a monthly survey which showed that job growth had picked up, with 1,846 jobs created.
The jobless rate was 9.3 per cent, down to 9.2 per cent.
Jamaica Times president Michael Lauda said the decline in the job market in the first half of the year was due to a number of factors including the Brexit vote and the end of the US administration.
“We’re not going to make the same mistakes as we did last year,” he said.JAMAICA TIMES is a subsidiary of the Jamaica Times, a national daily owned by the National News Corporation.
It is part of the Times Group, which is owned by News Corp.
A total of 924 of the 1,922 jobs created in December were in the delivery industry, according to the report.
In 2016, there were 4,078 delivery jobs in the industry, down slightly from the previous year when 4,092 were created.
In the previous 12 months, there have been a total of 5,923 delivery jobs, which included 1,054 jobs in retail.
The Times is also one of the leading newspapers in Jamaica with more than 1 million circulation in the country, with over 4 million in print.
The news and information business has a significant presence in Jamaica and the UK, with an office in London, a radio station in Kingston and a news agency based in London.