Labor shortages boost wages in region

Competition is heating up in Central America for labor in sectors such as agriculture, construction and domestic service.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Wages are increasing rapidly because of the shortage in Panama, Costa Rica and El Salvador.
In Panama and Costa Rica alone, some 300,000 workers need to be imported for harvests and the modernization of the Panama Canal, according to the World Migration Organization.

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