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Coca Cola has started construction of Liberia plant and expects to double exports by 2024

Construction of the Coca-Cola concentrate plant, in Liberia, Guanacaste, began last Saturday (July 21) and is expected go into operation on January 1, 2020. This US$50 million plant will replace the operation located in La Uruca, San José. The plant located in front of the Daniel...

Costa Rica Unemployment Rises to 10.3%

The unemployed population with respect to the labor force increased 1.2%, going from 9.1% in the first quarter of 2017, to 10.3% in the first quarter of 2018. The employment rate was 51.8%, while in the same period last year it was 54%. The...

90% of Companies in Costa Rica Employ 30 Or Less

According to a directory published by the Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Censos (INEC) - National Institute of Statistics and Census,  in 2017, there were some 37,000 companies in the country The majority of them are small and have few employees, according to the results...

Mac Jobs: The “Go No Place Jobs”

Newspapers, Internet new reports...each indicate a dire need for employers to hire residents of Costa Rica. From English classes to Amazon, the news seems exceptional. Almost every weekend there are job fairs soliciting unemployed and underemployed people to fill vacant jobs. But what jobs? Underemployment is...

As Others See Us

Q OPINION - The world is especially turbulent this month. There is a potential war in Korea and real ones in the middle east, Afghanistan, the Philippines and Africa. Venezuela is in turmoil. An unpredictable and combative US president and his revolving door of...

The Trump Effect on Costa Rica

(QCOSTARICA) To the surprise of many Donald Trump won "bigly" the presidency of the United States.  In Costa Rica, the big question is how will a Trump presidency affect Costa Rica and the rest of Latin America, especially when it comes to trade, jobs,...

Amazon Announces 700 New Jobs

QCOSTARICA - Amazon is looking to hire 700 people in the coming three months, new positions in customer service and vendor support, among others, during its two day job fair on May 6 and 7. The job fair will take place at its Calle Blancos...

No Drop In Unemployment in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - The unemployment rate in Costa Rica in the fourth quarter of 2015 stood at 9.6%, slightly lower than the 9.7% in the same period the previous year, reports the National Institute of Statistics and Census (Nacional de Estadística y Censos (INEC). Though there...

Walmart Announces It Will Be Investing US$100 Million Dollars in Costa Rica This Year

(QCOSTARICA) -- Walmart Mexico and Central America announced that it will be investing US$100 million dollars in Costa Rica this year, that includes the opening of eight stores and remodeling and purchase of equipment at many existing locations. The announcement was made by senior vice-president...

Bacardi Opens Service Center in Costa Rica To Serve 32 Countries

QCOSTARICA - From its Shared Services Center in Costa Rica, the international liquor giant, Bacardi, will serve seven different commercial centers in 32 countries worldwide. On Wednesday, the company of Cuban origin, inaugurated its 1.600 square meters offices in Avenida Escazú. The company already employs...

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