diGJamaica.com has made it really easy to follow changes in the economy. It is the only online frequently updated resource for a range of indicators in Jamaica.
See the tabs at the top right hand side of the home page – economy, business, lifestyle, trade, industries? Each of those is a drop down dashboard. All indicators are updated when Government data is released.
The drop down dashboards show:
- current value
- % change in one period
- % change 12 months ago
- % change 24 months ago
Red means that that specific indicator has gotten worse. Green means that specific indicator has gotten better. For each category, the blue words means that if you click on the indicator, it takes you to a chart with more information.
Economy looks like this…
There are indicators for Inflation, Labour Force, GDP real, Debt – Local, Debt – External and Net International Reserves
So take the Net International Reserves, as an example.
- ‘Month’ means it is updated monthly.
- ‘Dec 2012’ means that was the last update provided by the Government.
- ‘1,125.58’ is the current value of the NIR in US$ millions.
- As compared to November 2012, the NIR has increased by 4.4%. The box is green indicating an improvement.
- However, compared to 12 months ago, there has been a 42.77% decline in the NIR. The box is red indicating a decline.
- Compared to 24 months ago, there has been a 48.16% decline in the NIR. The box is red indicating a decline.
Notice that the words ‘Net International Reserves (US$ ‘millions) is in blue. That’s because the link is clickable. You will see a static chart, and depending on the data a motion chart. For the NIR, this is what you would see:
Business looks like this…
There are indicators for Interest Rates – Mortgage Loans, Interest Rates – Personal Credit, Interest Rates – Commercial Credit, Net Remittances, Net Remittances Year To Date, Exchange Rate, Jamaica Stock Exchange Index and Jamaica Stock Exchange Junior Index
Lifestyle looks like this…
There are indicators for Gas Prices – 87, Gas Prices – 90, Gas Prices – Diesel, Crime – Murders, Crime – Major Crimes, Unemployment – Male, Unemployment – Female
Trade looks like this…
There are indicators for Trade Exports, Trade Imports, Trade Balance, Cargo Transshipment, Cargo Domestic – Kingston, Cargo Domestic – Outports
Industries looks like this…
There are indicators for Tourist Arrivals – Long Stay, Tourist Arrivals – Cruise Ship, Tourist Arrivals – All Sources, Sugar Production, Bauxite – Alumina Production, Bauxite – Alumina Production YTD, Bauxite – Crude Bauxite Production, Bauxite – Crude Bauxite Production YTD
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