Total nonfarm payroll employment in the Virgin Islands declined from 38,263 to 38,176 in June. The loss of 87 jobs reflected reductions primarily in the service-providing sector of the economy.
Government recorded its third consecutive monthly loss, with a drop of 43 jobs in June. The decrease was due mainly to the semester break at the University of the Virgin Islands. Smaller cuts were reported for leisure and hospitality (-24) and information (-11). Employment in other major industries, including education and health services, other services, manufacturing, trade, transportation, and utilities, professional and business services, financial activities, and construction, showed little or no change over the month.
Compared to the same period last year, nonfarm payroll employment contracted by 718. Most island industries were operating at lower employment levels. Trade, transportation, and utilities was down by 229. Government lost 216 jobs. Other services workforce was reduced by 164 and financial activities (-60), professional and business services (-33), manufacturing (-30), education and health services (-28), and information (-26) were also down. Only leisure and hospitality (+62) posted an over-the-year advance.