The National Statistical Institute revealed this Friday that, in the April-June mobile quarter, in the midst of the pandemic, unemployment in Chile hit 12.2%. At the regional level, 12 of the country’s 16 macro players recorded vacancy rates above 10%.
Coquimbo (14.7%), Valparaiso (13.4%) and O’Higgins (13%) regions saw the highest rises in unemployment. They are followed by the Metropolitan Region (12.8%), Tarapacá (12.7%), Antofagasta (12.4%) los Ríos (12.3%).
But not all of it is wet rain, the INE also revealed that the regions of Arica (7.5%), Magellan (8.6%), Los Lagos and Aysén (both with 9.3%), are the ones that scored the lowest percentages.
In detail, according to the INE, the Metropolitan Region stands out, where the vacancy rate of the April-June quarter recorded a 5.4 pp hike. in twelve months. The rise of the indicator was influenced by the decline of 13.7% of the workforce, lower in magnitude than the negative variation recorded by the occupied (-18.8%). Meanwhile, the unemployed expanded by 49.6%, impacted exclusively by the losers.
As conditions are changing rapidly, the INE reported that it is constantly monitoring collection and methodological elements to further incorporate the recommendations of international organizations (ECLAC-ILO) and the best practices of other national statistical offices.