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Poverty, Unemployment, and Violence are Core Challenges for Hounduras Growth

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Honduras faces many challenges for its growth, says the National Institute of Statistics, but at the core are its high levels of poverty, unemployment and soaring homicide rate.

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Poverty and Unemployment, Challenges for Honduras in 2012
Poverty and unemployment will be Honduras’ core challenges for 2012, warned Ramon Espinoza, head of the National Institute of Statistics (INE).

 The country generated only 60,000 jobs in the private sector, of 200,000 needed to meet the growing demand from the population, and poverty grew 5 percent in urban areas as a result of the economic crisis, said El Heraldo daily, quoting Espinoza, who added that the problem was not population growth, but that people remain poor.

Espinosa said that only when productivity and the generation of wealth surpass the needs and demands of the people will the country begin to prosper.

The INE statistics compares family income to the shopping basket and finds that 67 percent of Hondurans are living on the poverty line, meaning the country has more than five million poor of its 8.2 million population.

Population grew between 2.1 and 2.2 percent in 2011, compared to previous years, a medium growth compared to its neighbors in the region.

There is, however, a high level of insecurity, with a homicide rate above 82 per 100,000 people, according to international organizations.

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