Colombian unemployment lowest in 12 years, rural unemployment still high


Unemployment in Colombia is at a 12-year low, but some less developed areas still have rates as high as 18%, according to government figures released Thursday.

There are 2.08 million people unemployed in Colombia today, 9.9% of the total labor force, said the National Administrative Department of Statistics (DANE), in their latest report.

But the numbers aren’t evenly spread across Colombia.

In Quibdo, the capital of Choco state on Colombia’s west coast, unemployment is running at 18.3%, while Armenia, in the heart of the coffee region, is running at 14.6%.

In a separate report in September, DANE said that youth unemployment is still much higher than the national average.

Colombians between the ages of 14 and 28 have an unemployment rate of 16.5%.

MORE: Youth most unemployed demographic in Colombia

But there is at least some good news for the unemployed; in June this year, President Juan Manuel Santos signed a law to financially assist workers who have lost their jobs.

MORE: Colombia gets unemployment benefit

The new law provides advice and training to the unemployed while offering financial support for job seekers.


The post Colombian unemployment lowest in 12 years, rural unemployment still high appeared first on Colombia News | Colombia Reports.

Since you’re here …

… we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading the Today Colombia than ever but advertising revenues across the media are falling fast. And unlike many news organizations, we haven’t put up a paywall – we want to keep our site as open as we can. So you can see why we need to ask for your help. Updating reports on Today Colombia takes a lot of time, money and hard work. But we do it because we believe our reports matter.
If everyone who reads Today Colombia, who likes it, helps to support it by clicking our ads, our future would be much more secure. Do you part, click on an ad today.

Written by Rico


"Rico" is the crazy mind behind the Q media websites, a series of onlinemagazines that includes Rico brings his special kind of savvy to online marketing. His websites are engaging, provocative, informative and sometimes off the wall, where you either like or you leave it. The same goes for him, like him or leave him.There is no middle ground. No compromises, only a passion to present reality as he sees it!