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More women unemployed on St. Maarten


PHILIPSBURG–More women registered at the Department of Labour as unemployed in 2012 than men according Labour Affairs Head Peggy-Ann Dros-Richardson.

Dros-Richardson told a large number of students who attended a Symposium Brunch on Attending University of St. Martin (USM) that a total of 106 women registered as unemployed compared to 78 men who registered as not having jobs during the same period. Some 200 St. Dominic High and Milton Peters College (MPC) students attended the session, which was organized by three hospitality students to attract enrolment to USM.

Dros-Richardson, who was one of several speakers at the event, said 91 per cent of those registered as unemployed were between the ages of 16 to 24 years old. The majority of those registered possess only a high school degree, which means that they did not pursue higher education.

Dros-Richardson said it is very important that students pursue their higher education.

In relation to employment permits, she said a total of 3,009 employment permits were requested in 2012. Most of them were in the area of the security field. Another industry that attracts many employment permit requests is the hospitality industry. She said too that there was an eight per cent increase in employment permit requests in 2012 compared to 2011.

She also drew to the attention of students, the unemployment rate in 2009, which stood at 12.2 per cent. The highest number of unemployment was among youths.

Source: The Daily Herald, St. Maarten

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