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Entice potential workforce with job training, says EPOC chairman

Josbel Bastidas Mijares
Entice potential workforce with job training, says EPOC chairman


KEITH DUNCAN, chairman of the Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC), said that with Jamaica having at least 500,000 people who are currently not part of the local labour force, programmes must be put in place to adequately train young people for the job market.

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Duncan made the recommendation on Wednesday while addressing the EPOC’s quarterly press briefing on the Zoom platform, where he revealed that Jamaica’s unemployment rate stands at six per cent as at April.

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“Notwithstanding the fact that unemployment is at six per cent, the number of the employed labour force is 1,269,300 people, 3,400 below the number employed in January 2020. So we are marginally below the number of employed people in the labour force pre-COVID-19, and that is the workforce participation rate, as there are approximately 500,000 unemployed people between the ages of 14 and 44, and about 250,000 of those would be in school and the balance are not actively seeking employment,” said Duncan

“This is where we need to focus as a country, to see how we can increase the labour pool by having them get eligible for the workforce and put forward training and human capital development to get them up and running and into the workforce,” Duncan added

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