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Labor Ministry to Provide Over 96 Thousand of Peru’s People with Jobs

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(LIP-ir) — Construyendo Perú, a program designed to rebuild the areas affected by the August 15 earthquake, will provide 96,063 of the country’s citizens with jobs in 2008, said Peru’s Labor Minister, Susana Pinilla.

In a report given in a plenary session of Congress, Pinilla informed Peru’s legislators of the progress and work the Ministry of Labor (MTPE) was doing.

She informed Congress that as a part of the Construyendo Perú program, forty thousand participants would be taught a trade that would allow them to enter the job market more easily.

This task will require an investment of 22 million soles, a reason why the Labor Ministry was requesting a bigger budget for 2008, said Pinilla.

Pinilla also announced that the number of entrepreneurs that would be seen by the "Mi Empresa" program would be doubled, from 25 thousand to 50 thousand.

The program has been organized to orient businesspeople that have an informal business on how to formalize their company.

Peru’s MTPE will also hire one hundred more work inspectors next year, a decision that will require a larger investment in workers’ pay, said Pinilla.

Because of the new programs and increased costs, Minister Pinilla has requested a 29.86 percent increase for the 2008 budget. If the budget were to be approved, it would be over 311 million soles for 2008. 75.8 percent of the budget would be entirely spent on social programs, said Pinilla.

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