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  • Salaries Up, Jobs Down - WA#04
    Salaries Up, Jobs Down - WA#04
  • At January 2020, the minimum wage in Ecuador is the highest among the eight largest Latin American economies. Ecuador with a $400 monthly salary for a 40 hour work week, best Chile $390 and a 45 hour week. For comparison purposes, we adjust salaries for a 48 hour work week. Extra salaries and other bonuses are no included. (WA#04)

  • A huge increase in shrimp exports, the take-off of industrial mining shipments, and the fall of imports, as business had inventory for what they were unable to sell in October, result in an important foreign trade surplus of $209 mn in November, equivalent to 11.1% of imports. (WA#03)

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    There was economic contraction and negative inflation in 2019, nevertheless, bowing to tradition and labor expectations, the authorities raised the overall minimum wage and the minimum wages for all economic activities. This time, however, they were more moderate, just 1.5%. Again this year Ecuador has the highest minimum salary of the eight larges...


    After months of trade deficit or matched imports and exports, in November there is a substantial trade surplus, due above all to booming shrimp exports, but also of non-itemized items among which metal exports. Oil sales played no role. Non-oil imports contracted importantly, reflecting the poor performance of the economy in October and November. ...

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