Wednesday, July 29, 2020

555 thousand formal jobs are lost in April; total more than 685 thousand counting March

Quintana Roo registered a drop in jobs of 18.1% annually; Baja California Sur and Guerrero followed in second and third place, respectively. The Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) reported this Tuesday that in April 2020, 555,247 formal jobs were lost, of which 66 percent were permanent and 34 percent were temporary. With that number, they add 685 thousand 840 jobs lost in March and April, which are the months in which the country began the National Sana Distance Day to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The figure reported for April is nine times higher than that observed in the same month of 2009, when 60 thousand 218 jobs were lost. At that time, the first cases of people with A-H1N1 influenza were detected, and at the end of that month classes were suspended at all school levels. On Saturday, May 9, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador commented that the number of jobs lost in April due to the COVID-19 pandemic would reach 500,000, although “the truth is that he thought we were going to drop more,” he added. “As a consequence of the effects derived from the health emergency, in April there was a monthly decrease of 555 thousand 247 positions, equivalent to a monthly rate of -2.7 percent,” the institute indicates in its monthly report.

With the above, the decrease in employment in the first four-month period of 2020 is 493,746 jobs, of which 67.2 percent correspond to permanent jobs. Meanwhile, in the annual variation, the IMSS report indicates that employment decreased 2.2 percent in April, with the construction sector registering a drop in employment at an annual rate of 15 percent, followed by the extractive industry with a decrease of 5.5 percent and services for companies with a fall of 4.2 percent.

By states, Quintana Roo registered a fall of 18.1 percent annually, a percentage that is the highest for entities. Baja California Sur was in second place, with 10.8 percent, and Guerrero was third, with 6.3 percent annually. In this employment report, 26 of 32 states reported negative annual variations in employment, only Tabasco, Campeche, Michoacán, Colima, Chiapas and Aguascalientes reported positive variations, with the state of Tabasco having the best annual variation in April with an increase in 2.3 percent. As of April 30, 2020, 19 million 927 thousand 696 jobs have been registered with the IMSS.

Source: El Financiero

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