Guillermo Lasso affirmed that he achieved the lowest unemployment in the history of Ecuador and that poverty also fell
The president spoke to the country on TV about his first two years in office
Guillermo Lasso announced positive results for his administration in the areas of employment, poverty and inequality. However, its acceptance does not reach 25% ( AP Photo/Marco Ugarte/File)
In a message to the Nation, the President of Ecuador, Guillermo Lasso, announced the results of its administration in three areas: employment, reduction of poverty and reduction of inequality. According to the president, his government achieved good levels in all indicators.
The announcement about government work in these areas comes as the Lasso administration has received strong questions about an alleged network of corruption and management of public office in the electricity sector and that would be led by the president's brother-in-law.
Lasso gave a televised speech at the who said that: “The Government of Ecuador, my government, works with clear rules and firm positions in favor of all of you. Thus, together, we build the Ecuador of prosperity”. With this he began with the announcement of the results of almost two years of management.
Regarding the creation of jobs and the reduction of unemployment, the Ecuadorian president said that 2022 closed with the lowest level of unemployment in the contemporary history of the nation.
A new opinion poll revealed that 75% of respondents believe that the current situation in Ecuador is bad. (EFE/José Jácome)
According to official data provided by Lasso, the previous year adequate employment reached 36% of the economically active population: “It is the highest figure since the beginning of the government. Very close to the 38% that we had before the pandemic, ”he highlighted.
He added that, between May 2021 and December 2022, almost 443,000 new suitable jobs have been created and stressed that, after the national strike in June 2022, this recovery is important, especially in rural areas, where the figure went from 14.5% in July to 20% in December in relation to suitable jobs; while in the cities there was a growth from 41.1% to 44.5%.
According to Lasso, since May 2021, his administration has fought against unemployment, so the indicators went from 6.3% to 3.2%: “Since the beginning of my government, more than 271,000 people have been unemployed. We have the lowest level in Ecuador since 2007, ″he assured.
The president also referred to the figures on poverty in the country. As he mentioned in his message, official data shows a drop in poverty and inequality indicators. Of the one million one hundred thousand Ecuadorians who came out of poverty, one million qualified as being in extreme poverty: “In a year and a half, the increase in poverty that the pandemic left us has been reversed. This means that the growth of Ecuador is a growth in favor of those who have less”, said Lasso.
One of the areas where greater inequality is observed in the country is in the nutrition of infants. Ecuador is the second country with the most cases of chronic malnutrition in children up to five years of age. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
According to the president, the reduction in poverty and inequality is due to some specific actions of his administration, such as the provision that public banks grant loans at 1% interest rate and a 30-year term.
The Gini coefficient, which measures income inequality, for Ecuador stands at 0.466 compared to the 0.493 with which the Lasso government began in May 2021.
Lasso used his message to talk about the insecurity that the country is experiencing and that every day counts more deaths. For the president, the government “is working, on the one hand, to firmly confront organized crime mafias and drug traffickers. And on the other hand, in increasing employment, reducing inequality and reducing poverty.”
The announcements by Guillermo Lasso, Ecuador's president, came at the same time that his administration is being questioned over a corruption scandal. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
One of Guillermo Lasso's campaign promises was the creation of jobs. The offer resulted in a slogan that was repeated several times by the president: “o”. Lasso took the oath of Employment, employment and more employment the Presidency with the worst unemployment figures in the last decade.
Despite the president's announcements, the citizen perception of his management is bad. A recent opinion survey carried out by Click Research indicates that 75% of those surveyed consider that the current situation in the country is bad. The first problem, according to those consulted, is crime, followed by unemployment and corruption. Acceptance of Lasso barely reaches 23%, according to the study.