Guatemala: Employment drops 30%

Personnel recruiters agreed that employment has been reduced by at least 30% in the last year.

Thursday, January 15, 2009 reports: "Yesterday, some 1000 individuals attended the Employment Fair 2009 during the first 3 hours after it was opened by the Guatemalan - American Chamber of Commerce (Amcham).

Other services that are demanded frequently by the companies include the relocation of personnel, which means that the worker who is laid off goes through an evaluation process and asks recluting companies to find them a job at another company."

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Costa Rica Anticipates an Increase in Unemployment

May 2009

A survey by UCCAEP of 405 companies from various sectors revealed that there will probably be more unemployment in the second half of the year.

Hassel Fallas wrote in an article in "Shirley Saborío, director of UCCAEP (Costa Rican Union of Chambers and Private Enterprise Associations,) explained that the survey presented yesterday revealed that the index of business confidence in employment for the second quarter is 4.12 points out of a possible 10. During the same period in 2008, it was 6.15.

Guatemala: 55 Thousand Jobs Lost Due to Crisis

April 2009

The numbers are according to the latest survey of 840 companies by the Association for Research and Social Studies (ASIES) during the period from January 2008 to January 2009.

Ruben Narciso, ASIES analyst, reported that survey results show that companies have not created new jobs like in previous years.

Guatemala: Demand for Managerial Positions Increases

March 2009

Due to pessimism and in anticipation of eventual layoffs, the Guatemalan managerial ranks increased their search for alternative jobs.

According to the Executive Director of AMCHAM (Guatemalan-American Chamber of Commerce), Carolina Castellanos, the base of applicants for management positions that it maintains to support its associates grew in the sector of executives in search of jobs from 2% in December 2008 to 20% in March 2009.

43% of Nicaraguan business owners expect to cut personnel

February 2009

43% of the member companies of the Chamber of Trade in Nicaragua expect to cut jobs and 40% will mantaint the current level.

In an article on the, the president of the Chamber, Ernesto Porta, declared that "The results of the survey indicate that 83 percent of our members are going to maintain or reduce jobs positions" and "...he added that in January of this year the sector experienced very low activity, coinciding with a decrease in imports..."

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