Fi­nally, pay for work­ers across much of econ­omy is climb­ing

Jamaica Gleaner - - GROWTH & JOBS -

Ro­han Powel Michael Gottshalk but we still see the pock­ets of crime. We hope to see a lot more pa­trolling in the busi­ness district so that per­sons can be more com­fort­able and re­as­sured.”

He said CCTV cov­er­age needs to be ex­panded into other towns like Chris­tiana.

Busi­ness op­er­a­tors are not the only ones com­plain­ing about the need to get crime un­der con­trol. Ro­han Pow­ell, act­ing deputy su­per­in­ten­dent of the Manchester Fire Bri­gade, said his teams have to get po­lice es­cort to re­sponds to emer­gen­cies in some ar­eas.

“There are some hos­tile places. If ever we get a call from Job Lane we must go there­with po­lice. We have got our units da­m­aged there when re­spond­ing to in­ci­dents and fire­fight­ers re­ceiv­ing threats from irate cit­i­zens,” he told The Gleaner.

The con­cerns of the stake­hold­ers, how­ever, are not sup­ported by data which are point­ing to crime trend­ing down, ex­cept for breakins.

For the pe­riod Jan­uary 1-Novem­ber 6, the parish recorded 33 mur­ders, 12 less than for the sim­i­lar pe­riod last year. Shoot­ing, ag­gra­vated as­sault, rape and lar­ceny are all down,

Break ins, how­ever, are on the rise. Up to Sun­day, there were 243 in­ci­dents for the year, 41 more than the fig­ure for the sim­i­lar pe­riod last year. WASH­ING­TON (AP): WORK­ERS AT con­struc­tion sites, ho­tels and restau­rants have en­joyed solid pay raises in the past 12 months. So have em­ploy­ees of util­i­ties and tele­com firms. Fi­nally, af­ter years of stag­nant pay, more Amer­i­can work­ers are re­ceiv­ing mean­ing­ful raises — a trend driven home by the govern­ment’s Oc­to­ber jobs re­port.

Av­er­age hourly pay surged 10 cents an hour last month to an av­er­age of $25.92, the govern­ment re­ported Fri­day. That’s 2.8 per cent higher than it was a year ago, the sharpest 12-month in­crease since 2009.

The job mar­ket ap­pears much

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