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Less than half of job seekers in Quintana Roo placed

Cancun, Q.R. – Over the past five months, more than 14,000 people have applied for work through state exchanges and fairs, however, only 45 percent of them have been placed.

The placement rate reflects the transient population of those coming to live in a tourist destination.

In Quintana Roo, the local unemployment rate is 3.6 percent, lower than the national average of 5.1 percent, says Enrique Contreras Gonzalez, state director of Seecat.

“We are absorbing labor mobility, which is not the same as having a rate of static growth as the national level which is 1.08 percent, while  the state’s static growth is 3.4 percent annually.  The figures reflect labor migration,” he explained.

In the three branches of the State Employment Service and Work Training (Seecat) located in Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Chetumal, more than 8,000 people have come seeking employment in the last five months.

Contreras Gonzalez suggests one of the best ways to find jobs is to attend job fairs. He says between the last two events – one was held in March, the other in June — there were 6,094 vacancies that needed to be filled. Most of the jobs being offered were in the hotel and services industries.

The head of the labor agency said that last year, job seekers between the ages of 18-35 made up 45 percent of those attending the job fairs looking for work. Broken down, the figures showed that 20 percent of job seekers were between the ages of 26 to 30; 12.6 percent were aged 31 to 35; 9.2 percent were aged 36 to 40 and 13.2 percent were aged 41 to 55.

The job fairs also have job opportunities for those with disabilities. Last year, 41 jobs were filled by those with mobility and hearing impairments.

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