*data taken from the Economic and Social Survey (ESSJ) 2011 and 2010, publlished by the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ)

According to the PIOJ:

During 2011, there was no consistent expansion in labour opportunities as unemployment remained at high levels and job creation was slow.  The average global unemployment rate was estimated at 6.0 percent. 0.1 percentage points below the rate recorded in 2010