Carlos Acevedo, president of the Central Bank of El Salvador (BCR), noted that the figure is an improvement when compared to the same period of 2009, when the economy lost 40,000 jobs.
According to Acevedo, the employment market will recover no earlier than October 2010. He also commented that the economic recovery has been “slow” and that they expect the economy to grow 1% this year.
Most of the jobs lost have been in the transport, restaurant and hospitality sector.
Stats from the Salvadoran Social Insurance Institute show that 42.444 people worked in the tourism sector in 2008. This number stands now at 41.064 workers, a 3.3% drop.
"Jobs in the food and beverage sector have adjusted to reality, as restaurants have now less customers", said Pedro Dalmau, president of the Restaurants Association of El Salvador, when interviewed by newspaper La Prensa Gráfica.
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