Costa Rica: Labor Market Data Being Hidden?

A study by the Ministry of Labour on the state of the labor market, whose results have been ready since December 2015, has still not been disclosed to the public.

Friday, April 22, 2016

In late 2015 the Ministry of Labour announced that it had finished collecting information for the "National Study of the Labor Market Survey" and that its results would be released soon. However, almost five months later, according to an article on, the survey data has still not been presented publicly. consulted the Press unit at the Ministry, and was told that "... the study is ready and once again it was announced that it is expected to be released in the coming weeks. Therefore, the tool which will be used to make decision remains 'stored'."

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The greater interest in studying social sciences and the lesser inclination for training in technical or scientific areas may be partly because of the preference of professionals for employment in a government institution rather than in the private sector.

According to data from the National Council of Rectors (Conare), between 2006 and 2016, in Costa Rica the careers in the area of Social Sciences registered the highest growth according to the proportion of graduates, going from 36.2% to 45.5% of the total number of students.

Positive Figures for Maquilas

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In Honduras, the goal that companies in the sector have set is to create 15,000 jobs in 2018, and the number of posts generated from January to August adds up to 11,234.

According to figures from the Honduran Maquila Association (AHM) at the end of 2017 the number of positions in companies in the sector totaled 145,595, and the goal they have set is to end 2018 with 160,000 people working in maquilas.

Sanctions for Withholding Public Information

April 2016

State officials do not own the information they manage, and when that information has not been legally declared as reserved, they must ensure its availability to the public.


And 'availability´means that public institutions must have all the doors to obtain it wide open, both administratively and technically.

Eternal Struggle for Disclosure of Public Information

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The delay in publication of the database obtained from the Survey on Living Standards in Nicaragua in 2014 is another example of the difficulty in accessing and viewing in timely manner information which is in the hands of state officials.

Being informed is essential for decision-making in any aspect of life, especially in the field of business.

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