Financial crisis eliminated 2.2 mn jobs in Latin America

by Dave

 SMETimes

The economic crisis eliminated 2.2 million jobs last year in Latin America and the Caribbean, a figure that boosted the rate of unemployment from 7.5 percent to 8.4 percent, according to a report released by the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

The ILO forecasts that this percentage, which reflects the 18.1 million of those currently jobless, could drop slightly to 8.2 percent in 2010.  The international financial crisis did not strike Latin America and the Caribbean as hard as expected at the outset, but even so unemployment last year saw a reversal from the 2002-08 period, when the jobless rate declined from 11.4 percent to 7.5 percent.
The UN body said Monday that the unemployment rate increased in 2009 in 12 of the 14 countries studied. Only Peru and Uruguay escaped.

The biggest increases were in Barbados, which jumped from 8.3 percent in 2008 to 10 percent in 2009; Costa Rica, from 4.9 percent to 7.8 percent; Chile, from 7.9 percent to 10 percent; and Ecuador, from 6.85 percent to 8.7 percent. The rate of unemployment in Colombia grew between 2008-09 from 11.5 percent to 12.3 percent.

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