There are possibly many more recently unemployed people than the government is aware of.
Minister of Labour and Small and Micro Enterprise Development Jennifer Baptiste-Primus speaking this morning with the media, stated that companies may not be reporting retrenchments, and so unemployment figures may actually be much higher than the figures show.
She noted that any company retrenching more than 5 workers at a time has a duty to inform her ministry when they take such action.
Baptiste-Primus went on to clarify that the government, by law, cannot pay severance benefits to retrenched workers.
Minister of Labour and Small and Micro Enterprise Development, Jennifer Baptiste-Primus