Unemployment rate is set at 10.4 percent by survey

Costa Rica had 10.4 percent of its workers without jobs in the first four months of the year, But the country added 150,000 new jobs during the last 12 months.

That is the result of a panel survey by the Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Censos that released the results Wednesday. The institute has been tracking the jobless rate through the economic crisis. The institute gets the data by physical interviews at thousands of pre-selected homes.

As is usually the case, those with less education have been the workers first fired and last hired. Also unemployment is higher among youths.

The unemployment rate was as high as 10.9 percent in 2011.

The institute said it saw the results as an indication of recovery. The institute based that opinion on an increase in jobs of 8.8 percent from the middle of 2011 until the first four months of this year.

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