Unemployment rate of poor doubles national unemployment rate

The unemployment rate for people below the poverty line in Jamaica is nearly double the national unemployment rate.

That's according to data published by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

The IMF, in its publication, said Jamaica's poor report an unemployment rate of 25 per cent - that is almost twice the overall unemployment rate which at the end of January was 13 per cent.

It said most Jamaicans who are working, but whose income falls below the poverty line, operate in the agriculture sector. It also said that poverty was linked to educational under achievement.

The IMF says the data on Jamaica shows that 73 per cent of poor households are headed by people who did not study beyond secondary level education.

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