Even with high season arriving and employment programmes in place, there remain plenty of people fighting unemployment or under-employment.
The most recent labour force survey shows more than 16-hundred people out of work.
Cayman 27’s Philipp Richter spoke to a community activist who is helping the younger population find work, and keep it.
“I try to encourage them all the time, you got to start from the bottom to get to the top at all times,” said Carmalee Watson, a community activist.
Miss Watson says young people seek her attention often. “Because on a daily basis they are always coming to me asking for assistance for jobs.”
She’s at this job fair, bringing with her some young people, between the ages of 18 to 24 to help them find work. Miss Watson also helps them with resume writing, but for some of those who do land a job, they have difficulty keeping up.
“Some of them are disappointed because they go for one or two days and they don’t go back and I ask them why, that’s not what they were looking for or the salary is too small,” said Miss Watson.
Miss Carmalee encourages them to go back to the job and has spoken to various employers to speak on their behalf. “No someone doesn’t have to be over their shoulder pushing them to get a job but some of them are discouraged aswell, so some of them are frustrated, they don’t know what angle to turn and they are just saying the system failed us.”
She says that support is critical to helping them stay on the right path.
“Don’t have that moral support, again, they form a different perception and then they start to form groups and then with the groups that they start to form, then they start to do illegal things that they are not supposed to do,” said Miss Watson.
And with direct links between unemployment and the crime rate, Mrs Lee wants people to change their views of those with stained records.
“So we as society need to stop looking at what the police records say and start giving our young people a chance to prove themselves, those that want to prove themselves,” said Miss Watson.
The good news is that Cayman’s unemployment rate has fallen from last year’s 4.2 ,to 3.9 in the most recent survey.