The Mexican economy has lost just over 1.18 million formal jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic when the disappearance of 83,311 jobs in June was announced this Sunday, according to data from the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS).
The decrease in the sixth month of the year is added to the falls of 344,526 jobs in May, 555,247 in April and 198,033 between March 13 and 31, giving a total of one million 181,117 lost jobs, as reported by the IMSS, which presents the main indicator of formal employment in Mexico.
In a statement, the IMSS stated that the decrease in employment from January to June is only 921,583 jobs, of which 73% correspond to permanent jobs, when considering the squares created in the first months of the year.
The agency attributed the fall of 83,311 posts in June “For the purposes of the health emergency” that the Mexican Government decreed on March 30, when it suspended non-essential economic activities and decreed the confinement of citizens to prevent the spread of the virus, which until this Saturday has reported 295,268 infections and 34,730 deaths in this country.
Since June 1, Mexico is in a new stage of fighting the pandemic represented by a four-color epidemiological traffic light, from maximum risk red, high orange, medium risk yellow and minimum risk green. .
On July 2, The President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, announced at a conference that June would close “with only 82,000 jobs lost in those enrolled in Social Security.”
“We are already bottoming and going upwards … the reports of economic growth will reflect the fall of April, May, June, but I can safely say that from this month (July) we began to recover economically “López Obrador said.
Also, the IMSS reported a total of 19.49 million affiliates as of June 30, compared to 19.58 million at the end of May. He noted that of that total 86.6% of the positions are permanent and 13.4% are temporary and that in recent years, these percentages have remained relatively constant.
The institute indicated that until the end of June it exceeded one million registered patterns, reaching 1,590 patterns after the monthly growth in June, which was 2,823 patterns.
For his part, the COVID-19 pandemic in Mexico It has caused at least 16 million people to fall into extreme poverty due to income, according to a study by the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).
A report from University Program of Development Studies (PUED), from UNAM, points out that it was due to factors such as the loss of jobs and the consequent income, due to social distancing measures, measures that stopped the economy.
“Considering the worst situation, the volume of extreme poor by income would have reached 38 million people in May 2020, that is 16 million more than in February of the same year (22 million),” the study indicates.
The figure is higher than that reported in a study by the National Council for the Evaluation of Social Development Policy (Coneval) who pointed out that with the crisis, up to 10.7 million people will fall into extreme income poverty in Mexico.
* With information from EFE
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