43% of Nicaraguan business owners expect to cut personnel

43% of the member companies of the Chamber of Trade in Nicaragua expect to cut jobs and 40% will mantaint the current level.

Friday, February 6, 2009

In an article on the elnuevodiario.com.ni, the president of the Chamber, Ernesto Porta, declared that "The results of the survey indicate that 83 percent of our members are going to maintain or reduce jobs positions" and "...he added that in January of this year the sector experienced very low activity, coinciding with a decrease in imports..."

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According to the latest report from the International Labour Organisation (ILO) less jobs will be created in 2009 due to the economic crisis.

Elnuevodiario.com.ni reports: "With growth forecasts of between 2% and 3% compared to the 5% average for the last five years, "the generation of jobs will be not be enough to meet the demand for labor and, hence, the levels of unemployment will probably increase" in the region, according to the Labor Panorama 2008 report".

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Personnel recruiters agreed that employment has been reduced by at least 30% in the last year.

Prensalibre.com reports: "Yesterday, some 1000 individuals attended the Employment Fair 2009 during the first 3 hours after it was opened by the Guatemalan - American Chamber of Commerce (Amcham).

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