Guatemala: Slightly Lower Unemployment Rate

Between 2018 and 2019, the unemployment rate in the country did not vary significantly, falling by just 0.3% from 2.8% to 2.5%.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Data from the 2019 National Income and Employment Survey (ENEI 1), prepared by the National Statistics Institute (INE), show that at the time of the survey the unemployed population was 179,000, down from 194,000 in the ENEI I of 2018.

The survey details that 70% of jobs are in the informal sector and the remaining 30% of jobs are in the formal sector.

Luis Linares Lopez, an analyst from the Social Studies Research Association (Asíes), explained to that "... people have an average education among the employed population, but they cannot find full-time employment and are forced to work in places with less time than an ordinary day they would like to work and this is because there are not enough jobs available, especially for young people who are more educationally prepared."

Linares added that "... there are small and not very relevant changes in the ENEI and from one year to the next it is very difficult for substantial or drastic changes to occur."

See ENEI 1 - 2019.

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The unemployed population with respect to the labor force increased 1.2%, going from 9.1% in the first quarter of 2017, to 10.3% in the first quarter of 2018.

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Costa Rica: Labor Participation Still Falling

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In the third quarter the national net labor participation rate fell by 3% compared to the same period in 2015.

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

Results of Continuous Employment Survey III quarter 2016

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