The number of people willing to work in Ecuador has grown so much since December 2014 that even exceeds the new jobseekers that have accumulated since December 2009 to the same month of 2014. That is, in five years, the economically active population of the country increased by 404,000 people (in round figures) and over the past 10 months other 405,000 people have added, according to the INEC. At the same time, the main sectors have reduced their demand for workers, across the board, in the last year, according to the Monthly Survey of Business Opinion.
Figures from the National Institute of Statistics and Census (INEC for its Spanish acronym), in its latest report of September 2015, show that 180,000 people joined the labor force block in the first quarter. Another 60,000 did so in the second quarter and other 170,000 between July and September.