Hotels & Trade: Recruitment Increases

Between the first half of 2018 and the same period in 2019, the number of people employed by hotels and wholesale businesses in Panama grew by 2% and 0.5%, respectively.

Friday, September 27, 2019

The Quarterly Economic Survey (EET), elaborated by the General Comptroller of the Republic, specifies that in terms of the economic activities of Manufacturing Industries, the variation for the periods in question was -2.4%, Retail Trade of -3.3% and Some Services of -3.3%.

The TUS explains that "... From January to June 2019, in comparison with the previous year, the economic activities that registered positive variations in Paid Remunerations were: Wholesale Trade 5.2%, Hotels and Restaurants 4.4%, Manufacturing Industries 1.6%; while Retail Trade and Some Services decreased by 0.3% and 1.3%, respectively.

Total Income reflected an increase in Wholesale Trade of 0.7%; however, the rest of the economic activities registered negative variations such as: Manufacturing Industries 0.2%, Retail Trade 0.3%, Some Services 0.4% and Hotels and Restaurants 2.0%.

In the TUS, the Personnel Employed in the Manufacturing Industries, at the level of the Republic, from January to June 2019, compared to 2018, presented a 2.4% decrease, reaching an average of 72,118 people employed, of which 50,744 were concentrated in the province of Panama and 21,374 in the Rest of the Country

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