Saturday, 10 May 2014

What do Venezuelans do for a living? (II)

I previously showed a couple of charts showing labour distribution according to certain work categories in different Venezuelan regions according to the Instituto Nacional de Estadísticas. One thing we should be clear about is that in Venezuela there is a particularly high percentage of irregular workers, people who more often than not live worse off than Spaniards on the dole.

I added here new data for Carabobo, my region, also very urban and connected to Caracas and the Caribbean. In the first chart you can see where legally registered workers are active in different states of Venezuela. Notice the incredibly high proportion of people working in "services" in jungle-rural Delta Amacuro. There is also a large proportion of those in rural Portuguesa. The less rural the state, the less people you see working in the category "services". What on Earth does that mean? What are they actually doing? My hypothesis: mostly they are working for state entities, secondly for some types of shops. Portuguesa has the highest share of people working in agriculture, which is not surprising for a Venezuelan, and Zulia comes next in this selection, although there are other regions I didn't include that are more agricultural than Zulia (but I use Portuguesa as a reference for them).

The higher the proportion of people working in "services" for the State, the higher the proportion of Chavistas you will find.

Now, wait until you see the next post about this topic.
Delta Amacuro
Now look at the informal sector. You can see again agriculture taking a huge share in Portuguesa. Curiously, you also see some share for agriculture in the Delta...but this time people working in more precarious conditions. I suppose most are Warao. What I am curious about is who on Earth is working in "finance and insurance" as an informal employee.

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