Thousands Of Costa Ricans Daily Line Up For Scarce Jobs

By Rico

Thousands seeking work attend job fairs

Thousands seeking work attend job fairs. Photo for illustrative purposes.

QCOSTARICA – Submitting applications, attending job fairs and knocking on doors are all part of the looking for work some 218,000 people who daily are out of work in Costa Rica.

According to the  Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Censos (INEC) – National Institute of Statistics and Census – the jobless rate is 9.5%, growing 0.4% in the past year.

So, it is not uncommon for thousands to apply for the few jobs available. Worse for women, who according to a report by La Nacion can take up to four times more time to find work, over men.

“My son, in three months, found work. I have a year looking (…),”  said Clency Arroyo to La Nacion, one of the some 111,000 unemployed women.

The figure exceeds the estimated 107,000 out of work in June, according to the INEC.

For many, finding a job is like playing the lottery, leaving their curriculums at job fairs and companies advertising employment opportunities, then waiting to be called. A call that for the most part never comes.

At the two retail giants in the countr, Walmart and Grupo Monge, combined they received between January and June this year 13,088 job … continue reading