Chile’s Piñera Sees Creation of 250,000 Jobs in 2010
By Dialogo July 16, 2010
Chilean president Sebastián Piñera raised his goal for creating jobs in 2010
to around 250,000 Wednesday, based on the recovery of the economy, which is expected
to expand nearly five percent in 2010.
A day after the government announced that poverty in Chile increased over the
three years between 2006 and 2009 to 15.1 percent of the population, Piñera affirmed
that this number will decrease over the next few years thanks to new jobs and
“During the presidential campaign, we promised to create one million new jobs
between 2010 and 2014, that is, 200,000 a year,” Piñera said.
“Today, I’m convinced that we’re not only going to meet this goal, but
surpass it, creating 250,000 good new jobs this year,” he added in a message
broadcast to the nation by a voluntary network of radio and television
The right-wing president, who took office in March following two decades of
center-left administrations, said that “despite this painful setback (…) we’re
going to defeat extreme poverty in Chile during our administration.”