Friday, January 18, 2008

Venezuela: Unemployment Reaches Record LOW

Using the table above (the only one I can find), Venezeuela has literally gone off the charts in terms of employment. Has unemployment ever dropped so fast as it has in the 4+ since? The huge increases in the unemployed in 02 and 03 were due to the Coup and related employer-led strikes and oil lockout.

Venezuela December Unemployment Drops to Record Low
By Matthew Walter

Jan. 18 (Bloomberg) -- Venezuela's unemployment rate fell to a record low in December as a fourth year of economic growth spurred increased hiring.

The country's unemployment rate fell to 6.2 percent in December, down from 6.3 percent in November and 8.4 percent in the same month a year earlier, according to an e-mailed statement from the government-run National Statistics institute.

Rising employment, spurred in part by increased hiring at government ministries and state-owned companies, has fueled a consumption boom in Venezuela, which has in turn led to a jump in inflation. Consumer prices rose 22.5 percent last year, the biggest increase in Latin America.

Employment in the ``formal sector'' of the economy rose to 56.2 percent in December from 55.5 percent a year earlier, the government said.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is quite obvious you don't live here. Official figures are fabricated and only governmental data is available. The temporary increase in income is due to government donations that have only encouraged people to stay home and wait for the next handout. As soon as oil prices go below $ 70 the whole bolivarian revolution will implode. Sorry to dissapoint you.
Annie in Caracas

2:09 PM  

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