Labor Participation Down 3% in Costa Rica

The Continuous Employment Survey for the first quarter 2016 sets the net national labor participation at 58.6%, which represents a significant decrease of 3.2 percentage points.

Friday, May 13, 2016

From a statement issued by the National Institute of Statistics and Census (INEC)

Continuing Survey of Employment, 1st Quarter 2016

Unemployment rate unchanged

- First quarter unemployment rate was 9.5%.
- National labor participation fell by about 3 percentage points from Q1 2015 to Q1 2016.

The Continuous Employment Survey (ECE by its initials in Spanish) in the first quarter 2016 (January-March) estimated the net national labor participation rate at 58.6%, which represents a significant decrease of 3.2 pp (percentage points) compared to the same period last year. This figure is due to an increase in the population which is not actively involved in the labor market, either employed or unemployed.

In the case of the male population, the net participation rate rose from 74.9% to 72.6%, and female fell from 48.6% to 44.5%.

For the first quarter 2016 the male labor force was estimated at 1,370,000 while for women it was 832,000.



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