Unemployment rate decreased overall in 2016 under Labour gov’t, says SLP

By SLP

phillipjpierre1PRESS RELEASE – The Saint Lucia Labour Party is pleased that according to the reports from the Statistics Department, the overall unemployment rate decreased in 2016 particularly in the first three (3) quarters.

Party Leader Hon Philip J Pierre notes that this can be attributed to the policies of the former Labour Government and is testimony to the fact that the economy was beginning to show signs of recovery and the confidence of investors and the private sector was returning.

The Party notes however, that in the last quarter of 2016, when the UWP was in power, unemployment increased. This increase in unemployment is a direct result of the stopping of labour intensive projects by the United Workers Party for petty political reasons. Examples of these projects are:  

  • Vieux Fort Administrative Complex
  • Soufriere Square
  • Vieux Fort Water Project
  • Old Trafford Field Project in Soufriere
  • Failure to commence Choc/Gros Islet Highway
  • Failure to commence Choc Bridge
  • Airport Terminal
  • Choiseul Secondary School
  • Flood Mitigation Projects

These projects according to the Leader of the Opposition would have created direct and indirect employment and consequently decrease the unemployment rate.

The SLP remains concerned about the unemployment situation and urges the government to do all in its power to further reduce the rate of unemployment particularly among the youth.

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24 comments

  1. I don't stama when I talk lol like Mr.piere

    This guy is one smart fool lol bro get a job and stop living off hard working ppls money u did nothing for st.lucians just your friends and bad boys from marchand so go fix your speech impediment u need to stop being minister and go do something else cause u r a fool step programs r not jobs it's a scheme smh u all about u pocket bro go trouble the young girls like u usually do and drive drunk on the st.lucia highways you could have never see sir John like how ppl see u and dont talk if I wasn't driving I would have recorded u and post it and then you'll would take me.to court for exposing you'll like the uwp minister saying they black mail him wen he have his wife and sending nasty pics for the young lady she right to ask for money I sure he don't send pictures so for his wife lol these ppl we have to vote for in this beautiful country it's a shame both parties it's a damn shame

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  2. Unemployment will always look like it decrease when you have 1 week employment programs and factor in job seekers as "employed". Jokes on us and they LOL at your feeble minds all the time. The real measure of improvement is GDP per capita.

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    • Per capita GDP is a very bad metric, fraught with difficulty for GDP interpretation. The GDP figure can be gamed too, unless experts help with the way it is, or was measured. The per capita calculation is terribly misleading. Not everyone gets to benefit equally according to that per capita national income figure. The size of, the direction or trajectory of, and the rate of growth of GDP (real and nominal) are the issues that really matter. Keep your eyes and ears wide open.

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  3. Unemployment rate decreased. OK. Did you know that SLP 'magic tricks' and trickery increased in order to create that decrease? They had exotic belly dancing to drum up support and to win votes. What's next? Snake charmers?

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  4. Kenny and the slp have never awakened from their nightmare while in power. thye are sleep walking and still believe they are in power. they are too stupid to be embarrassed.

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  5. PIP in 2016 SLP 6 months, and UWP 6months and you taking credit for the whole year.

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  6. where did this clown come from he is foolish as the people who voted for him.

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  7. Critical thinkers, and the SLP has few of those, know that a decrease is a decrease. But... they make a very serious effort in trying to find out magnitude and the source of that increase. then the sustainability issue is next in line for consideration. If a significant part of that increase is the artificial "disguised unemployment" of STEP-enablrf job dispensation, it is not illegal to mask failure as a success, but it remains an ethical short-coming. In this regard, the writer should exercise some restraint, and the reader, a great heap of caution.

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    • TROPICALTRUMP FOR 30YEARS!

      They were always too concerned about communication as a party as opposed to just doing the work. Propaganda can win you elections, but you have to run a country for five years. Chastanet has atleast thought of how he would run a country and what his thrust would be...but when you have a purported socialist party with materialistic top heavy supporters, you are bound to fail. So keep employing your communicaton specialists and going to funerals. Neither Pip or the guys sniping at his heel will ever be prime minister....reeeeel and come again!

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  8. HONORABLE MY FOOT. YOU DAMN FOOL. FIND JOBS FOR THE YOUNGSTERS SO THEY COULD STOP THE CRIME.

    STOP COPYING WHAT OTHER COUNTRIES ARE SAYING, AND CLEAN UP THE WAX IN YOUR EYES.

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  9. YOU'RE A JACK*** TO TALK LIKE THAT. HONORABLE MY FOOT.

    FIND A WAY TO FEED THE YOUNG BOYS SO THEY COULD STOP THE CRIME.

    SHAME ON YOU TO COPY WHAT OTHER COUNTRIES ARE SAYING.

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  10. YOU'RE A JACKASS TO SAY THAT.

    FIND A WAY TO STOP THE CRIME.

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  11. Philip J Pierre; HONORABLE MY-FOOT.

    FIND SOMETHING ELSE TO BRAG ABOUT YOU JACK-ASS.

    PROVIDE JOBS FOR THE YOUNGSTERS, SO THE CRIME WOULD STOP.

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  12. Pip grow up. You are still an immature and childish male with a petty mind. You really are not party leader material worst prime minister material.

    It is now glaring why kenny and SLP kept you under kenny's shirt tails.

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  13. Pip, which airport terminal under SLP, no wonder you lied to the people of Vieux-Fort when you said all the major projects in Vieux-Fort was done by the SLP, Pip you liar, Pip up to now you still believe $5.00 could full a hole.

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  14. Oh boy Pip. Stop talking in your sleep.

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  15. Airport terminal? Did you mention Airport Terminal? This was a UWP initiative. The money was already being collected. You came and in 5 years you just used the money otherwise and did nothing to the airport. Now you have it as an SLP initiative. Are we that stupid????

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  16. Unemployment decreased and we kicked you all a** out of government. Are you mad? With STEP and NICE you are saying unemployment decreased?

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  17. Pip could decrease the unemployment rate by 1 by giving full time employment to a speech therapist

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  18. These are the kinds of things that blows my fking mind. What's the sense of this press release and what is PIP hope to accomplish. Go around the country no one would care about the so called statistics. Things still freaking hard and everyone is catching their freaking rare. Give us a freaking break.

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  19. With STEP funded with borrowed money to be repaid with ever-increasing higher interest rates, as our country rating goes down the drain? Who the heck does the SLP think it is fooling? Their grass-cutter dummies, paid in advance voters?

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