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LatinNews Daily - 16 October 2020

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In brief: Unemployment falls in Ecuador

* Ecuador’s national statistics institute (Inec) has reported that the country’s unemployment rate reached 6.6% in September, down from 13.3% in June, but still well above the 4.9% rate recorded in September 2019. According to Inec, 522,620 people were unemployed in September, down from over 1m at the peak of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Labour Minister Andrés Isch attributed this recovery to the government’s ‘humanitarian support law’, an emergency measure which allowed employers to renegotiate workers’ contracts, although unions continue to condemn this as a violation of labour rights.