Informacion economica sobre Cuba

Posted on Thursday, 08.30.12

Cuba: Private employment now 22 percent of jobs

The Associated Press

HAVANA — Twenty-two percent of Cuban workers were employed in

non-governmental jobs last year, up from 16 percent in 2010, according

to statistics released Thursday.

The increase in non-state jobs was most noticeable in agricultural

cooperatives and in self-employment, both areas that are growing because

of economic reforms that aim to ultimately slash state payrolls by as

much as 1 million.

In a report posted on its website, Cuba's National Office of Statistics

said the island had a total workforce of 5 million last year. Of those,

1.1 million were not employed by the state. Instead they were private

entrepreneurs, worked for the burgeoning class of private small

businesses or were part of independent cooperatives.

That compares with 2010, when just 801,000 of Cuba's 4.9 million workers

did not work for the government.

That year, President Raul Castro announced his intention to slim down

government and expand private economic activity to absorb layoffs.

Authorities relaxed rules on private businesses, approved a number of

new areas where Cubans can seek licenses to work independently and

increasingly began handing over fallow state-owned land to independent

farmers and cooperatives.

The only cooperatives currently operating in Cuba are in agriculture,

but the government has announced plans to begin experimenting with urban

cooperatives in areas such as construction and transportation by year's end.

Vice President Esteban Lazo recently said Cuba hopes to have 40 percent

of the economy under non-governmental control in the coming years.

http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/08/30/2976825/cuba-private-employment-now-22.html


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