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Young Cubans account for small share of private labor market

Young Cubans account for small share of private labor market

Published June 18, 2012


More than 73,000 young Cubans between ages 18 and 35 are self-employed

and so represent just 19 percent of the private sector that has emerged

on the island with the economic adjustments meant to "modernize" the

country's socialist model, state media reported.

Currently 385,775 Cubans swell the ranks of the private labor market in

Cuba and of those, 73,118 make up the younger segment between ages 18

and 35, the official Juventud Rebelde newspaper said.

Young workers are not the part of the Cuban population most represented

in private jobs and most of Cuba's youth continues to be employed by the

state and in the student sector, Deputy Labor and Social Security

Minister Jose Barreiro told the newspaper.

"Don't expect these figures to change very much considering the current

job possibilites in self employment," Barreiro said.

As of April the majority of self-employed young people were males and

43,967 had finished their studies or for some reason had left


Young people who have gone into the private sector have chosen

activities related to the service industry, selling farm produce in

the streets or door-to-door, and the production and marketing of

household goods.

Others have gone into the business of buying and selling music discs,

offering manicure services or working as artisans, carpinters or

electrical-and-electronic-equipment repairmen.

As for young people taking advantage of the agricultural plan that

allows them to use but not own farmland – another alternative to state

jobs – the 18-to-35 group represents 26.7 percent of the total 166,247

Cubans who have accepted this possibility, the head of the National Land

Control Center, Pedro Olivera, said. EFE


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