Economic Trivia

Jamaica is of the pioneering members of the CARICOM trade bloc.

Trade Source: United Nations Comtrade
Note: Top 3 trade partners are calculated by imports + exports.

Top 3 Trade Partners (2021): United States, Brazil, and China
Top 3 Exported Goods (2021): Oil & Mineral Fuels, Inorganic Chemicals , and Beverages

Top Industries Source: CIA World Factbook

Tourism; Bauxite/Alumina; Agro-Processing; Light Manufactures

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) [1]

GDP, PPP (current international) $29,811,646,923 (2021)
GDP Growth Rate (annual %) 4.6% (2021)
GDP Per Capita, PPP (current international) $10,543 (2021)
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GDP Country Rank 138/197 (2021)

GDP Composition %

Note: GDP composition percentage may exceed 100. Manufacturing is included in the Industry figures and is also reported separately because it plays a critical role in many economies.

Economic Indicators [1]

Inflation, consumer prices (annual %) 5.863% (2021)
External debt stocks, total (DOD, current US$) $17,701,301,681 (2021)
Total tax rate (% of commercial profits) 35.1% (2019)
Real Interest Rate (5 year average %) 3.785% (2021)
Manufacturing, value added (% of GDP) 8.197% (2021)
Current Account Balance (BoP, current US$) $125,274,875 (2021)
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Labor and Employment [1]

Labor Force, Total 1,418,424 (2021)
Employment in Agriculture (% of total employment) 15.693% (2020)
Employment in Industry (% of total employment) 16.227% (2020)
Employment in Services (% of total employment) 68.08% (2020)
Unemployment Rate 9.182% (2021)
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Trade [1]

Imports of goods and services (current US$) $6,709,997,531 (2021)
Exports of goods and services (current US$) $4,042,306,382 (2021)
Total Merchandise Trade (% of GDP) 50.602% (2021)
FDI, net inflows (BoP, current US$) $320,480,000 (2021)
Commercial Service Exports (current US$) $2,913,123,446 (2021)
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Economic Snapshot [1]

Note: Percentile ranks are calculated using the latest available data for all countries within the last 5 years.

How to interpret the graph: The purpose of this graph is to take a snapshot of a country’s economy in comparison to other economies. For example, Jamaica’s Exports rank is higher than (please wait...) of the countries in the dataset. For Exports, FDI and GDP measures, a higher rank (closer to 100%) indicates a stronger economy. Conversely, for Unemployment and Inflation, a lower rank (closer to 0%) indicates a stronger economy.

Due to unavailable data the following indicators have been omitted:
  • Exports
  • FDI, net inflows
  • GDP Growth Rate
  • GDP Per Capita
  • Inflation
  • Unemployment


  1. The World Bank