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Stop confusing St. Lucians about employment figures, says LPM Leader

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Therold Prudent, LPM Political Leader

Therold Prudent, LPM Political Leader

The Lucian Peoples Movement (LPM) is urging government and the Statistics Department to stop confusing the nation and provide the proper employment figures.

LPM Leader Therold Prudent said he finds it surprising that Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony, during his New Year’s address to the nation, revealed that unemployment was 23.5 percent but two weeks later Head of the Statistics Department, Edwin St. Catherine, said that unemployment on the island is now 20 percent.

“These are things to confuse people and you really have to question why is it that the Prime Minister did not have those figures available to him at the time he came to address the nation,” Prudent stated.

The political leader described the situation as “awful” and expressed the opinion that “nobody is working together and nobody knows the true rate of unemployment.”

“Like every other country across the world, everybody knows that during holiday seasons you will have an uptick of employment and these are not permanent or sustainable jobs. St. Lucia is no exception.”

Prudent told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that it is yet to be established whether the part-time jobs from STEP, political campaigns and other programmes make up part of the statistics being provided.

“To run with this as if it means we are making significant headway is not telling the true story of the reality on the ground, and this is why unless people feel it, then it means absolutely nothing,” he asserted.

The LPM leader made reference to a similar incident in the United States, where the employment figures were provided to the country, but people felt that it was not being felt on the ground, stating that Saint Lucia is no exception.

He said, “The Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) government can raise their glasses and toast as early as they want to, but the fact remains this is not the perception among a vast number of Saint Lucians.”

Prudent stressed that many Saint Lucians remain unemployed and noted that constituencies like: Gros Islet, Soufriere, Choiseul, Micoud, Laborie and Dennery, continues to face major unemployment issues.

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14 comments

  1. I don't understand what's the fussing
    He said 23% buy it's actually 20%
    Last time I check that was even better right?
    No one should argue with better
    Note: All politicians are liars anyway
    UWP will not be a saint history has proven
    them to be worst.... Ask yourselves why UWP leader move to Micoud north?
    I have a feeling he is Soufriere rejection right?

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  2. How can you be a leader when you're the only 1 in your party?

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    • Stop shoting shat. He is the only one in his party and yet he appears on Tv with his executive. You might want to fool yourself but not me. Them things is tatics from the 1950s. If you say something more than once people will be beleive. But it looking like the moee you say it is the more people want to aupport him. Me i vote for partys with plenty of fellas and is ahat they have ne on. I rather vote for a party of a one man than vote for shat shooters.

      (2)(2)
  3. It seems that KENNY is the on releasing the stats...we should all know that stats are released by the quarter and we should abide by this...REMEMBER MR KING..AND HIM EVEN WANTING TO FIRE Mr ST CATHERINE... AND HE WAS WRONG....TANTO TANTO...IT SEEMS THAT IF THE STATS DON'T FIT A PARTY'S POLITICAL AGENDA....THEN IT IS ALWAYS WRONG....

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  4. These uwp idiots
    never take time to read and understand the statistics states that umemployment is lower than Kenny said so what's you idiot flambeau points . Chasnnet can only be victorious in uwp elections he can and will never be saint Lucia's prime minister wake and smell the coffee

    (2)(115)
  5. I have said it before and will continue to say it. " KDA commits be trusted with the truth ". See how Mr. Prudent caught him in his lies? In his new years message he said that the unemployment rate was 23.5%. It took the statistics department to show him as a liar.
    You see KDA makes up things as he goes along. I can bet anyone that Juffali never promised KDA any research lab. He was caught with pants down and had something up as he went along.
    For a guy who like bragging about his projects, took too long to make his announcement and check the timing.

    (22)(3)
  6. You are on the money on that. Things are just not what they want us to think.

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  7. Kenny himself is a confused man. St Luciana are educated enough to see that only Kenny and his administration pockets are full.

    (24)(2)
  8. SHUT THE HELL UP.YOU TOWING CHASTANET LINE NOW.WE CAN SEE THROUGH NOW.GO AND FIX YOUR CRUMBLING PARTY.YOU HAVE BEEN EXPOSED BY A MEMBER OF YOUR PARTY.HE CLEARLY STATED YOU ARE NOT READY YET.WE ALL CAN SEE THAT. YOU REAL FIGHTING FOR THAT AMBASSADORIAL JOB YOU WERE PROMISED BEFORE BY THE U.W.P. YOU DO NOT STAND A CHANCE.TRUST ME.

    (5)(31)
    • The man got rid of a country bookie and you faulting him for cleaning up his party. Only time will tell how prepared he is. Your view of his preparedness may not be that of those who plan to vote him. In my honest view i rather see him im the house than some of the fools you love to worship. If th3y can make it to the house then its about time we have a real bright man in there.

      (16)(1)
  9. Doe worry sir they're not fooling anyone, after the whole Jufalie scandal they quickly rush some bogus stats of the employment figured to shit attention off this embarrassing and crippling ordeal which is going to cost St Lucia more than these party hacks realize. Kenny your ruse did not work.

    (29)(3)
  10. 'Lies, damn lies, and' the SLP. Other than that, you have it wrong, wrong, wrong! Never before in the history of this country is a group of politicians who would stoop to any level to ensure their pensions and salaries.

    It should not surprise that anyone that most, after passing through Teachers College, these people have no other talent than to fool our semi-literates around the country.

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  11. I wonder if the situation had been the other way round - like 20% at the beginning of the year and 23% now - if prudent would have found it confusing. He is one of those very disappointed with the figures indicating the economy has improved. Bad luck Pru!

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