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Tuesday, October 17 2017 @ 01:01 PM AST

Bermuda economy added new jobs in hospitality, retail sectors

The 2016 job figure was 33,481 and represents the survey’s first recorded year-to-year increase since 2008 - an increase of 162 jobs compared to 33,319 jobs in 2015, the Bermuda government said in a statement yesterday.

"A cause for worry is that the report highlights that jobs held by Bermudians dropped from 23,576 in the 2015 survey period to 23,494 in 2016, a decline of 82 positions. Meanwhile, a category of non-Bermudian workers – those who are neither PRCs nor spouses of Bermudians - spurred the job growth with 269 additional jobs from 6,990 in 2015 to 7,259 in 2016," the government said.

By major divisions of economic activity, the strongest job growth was registered by restaurants, cafes and bars and by retail trade with increases of 185 jobs and 111 jobs, respectively. The other community, social and personal services sector posted an increase of 105 jobs. The public administration sector shed 169 posts.

The 2017 Edition of the Employment Briefs together with a companion document, Labour Market Indicators, can be found on the Government portal (www.gov.bm/employment-statistics).

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