Unemployment hits 806,496 Venezuelans in December
Somewhat over half of labor force last month worked in the formal sector of economy
In absolute terms, this means 806,496 jobless last month. In December 2011, unemployment rate stood at 6.5%, that is, 885,149 people.
Last month featured 12,932,816 people with a job, including 7,503,251, or 58% in the formal sector of economy. The remainder -5,428,791- works on their own or as street vendors.
In the meantime, unemployment in December accounted for 35.5%, which is tantamount to 7,577,545 people. Such profile pools the individuals who opted to study, or engaged in housekeeping, or claimed to be unable to work.
Cristian Fonseca, a businessman in La Candelaria district downtown Caracas, was doing the accounts in his small shop office on Sunday December 21, 2008. The Christmas shopping season kept him working late hours into the night. It was around 11 p.m. and his phone rang. A friend broke the bad news to him over the telephone.