Young Cubans account for small share of private labor market
Published June 18, 2012
More than 73,000 young Cubans between ages 18 and 35 are self-employed
and so represent just 19 percent of the private sector that has emerged
on the island with the economic adjustments meant to "modernize" the
country's socialist model, state media reported.
Currently 385,775 Cubans swell the ranks of the private labor market in
Cuba and of those, 73,118 make up the younger segment between ages 18
and 35, the official Juventud Rebelde newspaper said.
Young workers are not the part of the Cuban population most represented
in private jobs and most of Cuba's youth continues to be employed by the
state and in the student sector, Deputy Labor and Social Security
Minister Jose Barreiro told the newspaper.
"Don't expect these figures to change very much considering the current
job possibilites in self employment," Barreiro said.
As of April the majority of self-employed young people were males and
43,967 had finished their studies or for some reason had left
Young people who have gone into the private sector have chosen
activities related to the food service industry, selling farm produce in
the streets or door-to-door, and the production and marketing of
Others have gone into the business of buying and selling music discs,
offering manicure services or working as artisans, carpinters or
As for young people taking advantage of the agricultural plan that
allows them to use but not own farmland – another alternative to state
jobs – the 18-to-35 group represents 26.7 percent of the total 166,247
Cubans who have accepted this possibility, the head of the National Land
Control Center, Pedro Olivera, said. EFE