• Costa Rica Coffee Guide

Employment indicator shows job gains

February 12, 2010

The number of workers enrolled in the Social Security System´s (Caja) health insurance program showed an increase of 1.4 percent in December 2009, the daily La Nación reported.

According to Caja reports, the increase in the number of ensured workers began to deteriorate at the beginning of 2008, and by mid-2009 the overall number of insured workers was dropping each month.

The slight increase in the overall numbers of workers reported at year´s end was attributed by the Caja to gains in commerce and the agricultural sectors. The construction and industrial sectors, the areas of the Costa Rican economy most affected by the worldwide economic crisis, did not show employment increases, although the rate of job losses in these sectors slowed. Job losses in the economy´s most depressed area – the textile sector – did not decrease.

According to La Nación, workers enrolled in the Caja´s health insurance program – employers are obligated to enlist full time workers – amount to 70% of the overall work force. The data reported by the Caja is an important indicator of the nation´s overall economic well being because it represents formal employment, which is also likely to be longer-term.

You may be interested

Quepos airport renovations (finally) underway
Costa Rica
1 views
Costa Rica
1 views

Quepos airport renovations (finally) underway

Alejandro Zúñiga - May 6, 2021

Renovation and expansion of the runway at La Managua Airport in Quepos began Wednesday and will completed before September. "The…

PAHO says region’s hospitals are ‘dangerously full’
Latin America
3 views
Latin America
3 views

PAHO says region’s hospitals are ‘dangerously full’

Ariela NAVARRO / AFP - May 6, 2021

PAHO, the Americas office of the World Health Organization (WHO), warned on Wednesday that hospitals in the region are "dangerously…

IDB approves $500 million loan for Costa Rica
Costa Rica
5 views
Costa Rica
5 views

IDB approves $500 million loan for Costa Rica

Alejandro Zúñiga - May 6, 2021

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) said Wednesday that it has approved two loans to Costa Rica totaling $500 million. "Costa…