Cuba: private employment now 22 percent of jobs

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Posted: Aug 30, 2012 3:21 PM

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba says 22 percent of the island's workers were employed in nongovernmental jobs last year, up from 16 percent in 2010.

The increase in nongovernmental employment was most noticeable in agricultural cooperatives and in self-employment, both areas that are growing because of President Raul Castro's economic reforms. Many also work for the island's burgeoning class of private small-business people.

Statistics released Thursday by the National Office of Statistics say Cuba had a total workforce of 5 million people last year.

Of those workers, 1.1 million were not employed by the state.