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Job Growth to Slow In 2009, Survey Says

Hiring is expected to slow in Costa Rica next quarter, according to a new global survey.

The personnel consulting firm Manpower Inc., which conducted a hiring trends survey in 30 countries, found that most of those countries had already seen a slowdown during the last three months of this year.

In Costa Rica, 28 percent of employers said they expect total employment to increase, while 9 percent of those surveyed anticipate a decrease in employment, giving Costa Rica a net hiring rate of 19 percent.

That figure is 13 percentage points less than last year, according to the survey.

The Manpower study revealed hiring intentions are weakest in the provinces of Alajuela and Guanacaste, each of which predict a hiring rate of just 11 percent.

Eric Quesada, regional director for Manpower in Central America, said in a press release that a weaker global employment picture for the first three months of 2009 and that the Costa Rican job sector is likely to follow that lead.

–Vanessa I. Garnica


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