Costa Rica: 14% Less Jobs at Exporting Companies

In July 2009, there were 57.000 less jobs at exporting companies when compared to the same period of 2008.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Data from the Exporter Census 2009, conducted by Trade Promotion Agency Procomer, states there are 351.767 people working in the sector.

"The census, conducted in July, surveyed 2.117 companies who sold more than $12.000 between 2008 and the first half of 2009", reported

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Unemployment in Costa Rica Remains at 10.4%

September 2013

The net rate of national labor participation remained at 62.7% of the working age population, the same as it was in the second quarter of 2012.

From a press release issued by the National Institute of Statistics and Census (INEC):

The Costa Rican labor market shows stability between the second quarter of 2012 and the same period in 2013, when the net rate of national labor participation remained at 62.7% of the working age population. While men maintain a rate of 76%, the participation rate of women has wavered between 48% and 49% for more than a year, when it increased its share.

Costa Rica: Dole and Del Monte Plants Closing

October 2010

Standard Fruit Company, Costa Rican subsidiary of multinational Dole, announced closure of the container yard in Limon.

Juan Carlos Rojas, vice president of Standard Fruit, attributed the closure to reduced earnings caused by the falling Dollar. The company exports from Costa Rica, pineapple, melon and bananas.

Honduras: 63.000 Jobs Lost in 2009

October 2009

From January to August, 63.917 workers have been fired, according to data from the Work Secretary.

The actual figure could be much higher, warned Work Minister Nicolás García, who explained that "... many fired workers do not report to the Ministry, and they settle termination conditions directly with their employers".

ILO expects more unemployment in the region

January 2009

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