Record High Unemployment in Costa Rica

Costa Rica's unemployment rate stands at 7.8%, after increasing three points in a year.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

The previous highest rate was recorded in 1985, when it hit 6.85%, according to data from the Planning Ministry.

"Not only has unemployment increased: the labor sub-utilization rate went from 11% in 2008 to 15% in 2009. We must also add one additional percentage point for subemployment (people working part-time, or full time with less pay)", reports

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Historical Unemployment Rate in Panama

December 2012

The unemployment rate in Panama dropped to 4%, the lowest since numeral statistics have been kept, for over 40 years.

According to a Labor Market Survey conducted by the National Institute of Statistics and Census (INEC), the unemployment rate for August 2012 dropped to 4%, down 0.5% from the previous year when the rate of unemployed people was 4.5%.

Costa Rica Unemployment Rises to 9.7%

February 2015

The unemployment rate at the end of December 2014 increased to 9.7%, almost one and a half percent more than the 8.3% seen in the same month of 2013.

From a statement issued by the National Institute of Statistics and Census in Costa Rica (INEC):

The net participation rate for men and women was 75.4% and 48.5% respectively; while for men the same share has been maintained, in the case of women it decreased by 2.3 percentage points (pp), both in a year on year basis, which is attributed to the fall in the employment rate.

Costa Rica: Unemployment Over 10%

May 2015

The unemployment rate in the first quarter reached 10.1%, causing increasing concern for the business sector, which every day is facing more obstacles to generate more and better jobs.

From a statement by the Costa Rican Union of Chambers and Associations of Private Business Sector (UCCAEP):

New Statistical Methodology in Costa Rica

November 2010

Under the new calculation, the working population remains unchanged, although the participation rate dropped 2.2% and the occupancy rate 1.03%.

The Costa Rican National Statistics Institute conducted its latest survey, and found that unemployment stands at 7.3%.

Other relevant findings include:

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