Jamaica FlagJamaica

Out Of Many, One People

 

General


Population: 2,930,050 (2014), 2,909,714 (2013)
Land Area: 10,991 sq km
Natural Resources: Bauxite, gypsum, limestone
Capital: Kingston
Political System: Constitutional Parliamentary Democracy
State Leader: Portia Simpson-Miller (January 5th 2012)
Languages: English, English patois
Currency: Jamaican Dollar (JMD)
Major Religions: Protestant 62.5%, Roman Catholic 2.6%, Other or Unspecified 14.2%, None 20.9%
Major Ethnicities: African 91.2%, Mixed 6.2%, Other or Unknown 2.6%
Life Expectancy: 73.48 years (2014), 73.44 years (2013)

Economy


GDP Official Exchange Rate: 14.39 billion (2013), 15.26 billion (2012)
GDP Purchasing Power Parity: 25.13 billion (2013), 25.18 billion (2012)
GDP Per Capita (PPP): 9,000 (2013), 9,100 (2012)
GDP Growth Rate: 0.4% (2013), 0.9% (2012)
GDP Structure: Agriculture 6.5%, Industry 29.4%, Services 64.1% (2013)
Labour Force By Occupation: Agriculture 17%, Industry 19%, Services 64% (2006)
Industries: Tourism, bauxite/alumina, agro processing, light manufactures, rum, cement, metal, paper, chemical products, telecommunications
Agriculture Products: Sugarcane, bananas, coffee, citrus, yams, ackees, vegetables; poultry, goats, milk; crustaceans, mollusks
Human Development Index: 0.715 (96th)(2014), 0.730 (86th)(2013)
Tourism Revenue: 1.733 billion (2004)
Unemployment Rate: 16.3% (2013)

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Army Size: 2 830 (2004)
Budget: 0.6% of GDP (2006)

Current Situation

 

Jamaica is located in the Greater Antilles. Jamaica is an Island and has many neighbouring island countries. Jamaica has a slow growth rate, however this rate is expected to grow with investments in infrastructure.

(2014) Jamaica's economy grew at a steady although slow pace in 2013. The tourism industry remains depressed due to lower demand from North America.

Thoughts & Comments

 

Sources

CIA World Factbook: Jamaica
Wikipedia: Jamaica
http://hdrstats.undp.org/en/countries/profiles/JAM.html

Updated on: October 5th, 2014