Poverty and Unemployment in 2012

According to Ramon Espinoza, the head of the National Institute of Statistics (INE), poverty and unemployment will be Honduras’s greatest challenges for 2012.

This past year, only 60,000 jobs were created in the private sector of the 200,000 needed to meet the growing demand of the population. Poverty grew five percent in urban areas as a result of the economic crisis, said Espinoza, who added that the problem was not population growth, but that people remain poor. The overall Honduran population grew between 2.1 and 2.2 percent in 2011, compared to previous years, a medium growth compared to neighbors in the region.

Espinosa explained that only when productivity and the generation of wealth surpass the needs and demands of the people, will Honduras begin to prosper.

The INE statistics compares family income to the family food basket, and finds that 67 percent of Hondurans are living on the poverty line. In our country, that means there are more than five million poor people in the population of 8.2 million.

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