Chavismo discovers youth unemployment


The irony of NEET: An acronym about joblessness that works to sell T-shirts.

Youth Minister Héctor Rodríguez recently admitted in an interview that there’s at least one million young Venezuelans who’re neither studying or working right now. Congratulations, you just found out what a NEET is. The more you know…

The problem of youth unemployment in Venezuela was already recognized by both the National Statistics Institute (INE) and the last Human Development Report released by the United Nations Development Program, which puts it at 22% rate between 2005 and 2010. Related to this issue is the lack of viable options for those now entering the job market.

But it looks like Mr. Rodríguez won’t treat the problem with the complete urgency it deserves: he’s just going to kick it to committee, commissioning a piece of research (basically a poll) and only later presenting a new strategy. He forgot that there’s a State agency already in place to help young people to get the skills they could require. In fact, about that…

The INCE was founded in 1959 by the late Luis Beltrán Prieto Figueroa to do exactly that, but Chavismo changed the INCE’s mission to adapt it to 21st Century socialism, including putting the word socialist in the name (it’s called INCES now). Now the consequences of that shift are visible: INCES staff are protesting on a daily basis and it’s functioning at 20% of its theoretical capacity.

Meanwhile, the State media behemoth spends its resources chastising Europe over its youth umployment crisis. Mal de muchos…

10 thoughts on “Chavismo discovers youth unemployment

  1. “Meanwhile, the State media behemoth spends its resources chastising Europe over its youth umployment crisis. Mal de muchos…” What else are they going to do? Work towards actually solving the problem? This is 21st century socialism! You don’t work to fix problems, you blame the US/Europe for the problem in the first place!


  2. A case of Cachicamo diciendole a morrocoy conchuo, except the cachicamo is even more of a hardass. You could expect them to at least not criticize other countries for having the same problems that we’re also facing, but that would be optimistic to the point of foolishness. As Quico said, it would credit them with some way over-due and unworthy self-awareness.


  3. Former INCE, the INCES is defined as Centro de Formación Socialista… so… How could be people attending there be prepared to work? ‘At other times’ by going to train there, they would have got working skills…


  4. “At least 1 million young people not working or studying?”

    Does robbing, killing, and generally terrorizing the population not count as ‘working’ in official statistics? That would bring the number down somewhat.


  5. How old are these young guys? Do some of them form part of the 7% officially unemployed? This is the kind of questions a journalist should ask to the minister.
    The joggling with numbers hasn’t changed in Venezuela since the year 1900 BEFORE CHRIST, when some groups added “many” to 1 and 2.
    I have tried to used some data from the INE site. Even numbers on literacy for states do not add up.
    As for INCES: perhaps they should add “T” for transparency.
    I know for a fact those poor youngster waste a lot of time in the “technical classes” getting some basic indoctrination about how we are now producing lorries thanks to “Iranian technology” and stuff about Castro’s revolution and all that rubbish.
    It’s such a shame.


    • One of the things it bugs me out is that Ministers say things that they can’t back up with real data and they get a free pass not only by the communicational hegemony, but by most Venezuelan reporters. It’s like they don’t want to lose the limited access to official sources, so they prefer to go along. However, the defacto State policy of not releasing full data also has damaged the chances for better journalism (and outr public sphere in general). The hegemony knows this and uses it to its advantage because the focus is put instead in the narrative of polarization and conflict (Us Vs. Them).


      • Indeed but if they don’t want to grill the minister: why can’t even another journalist publish something about Chavismo magic numbers?
        This touches everything. Remember the Caracazo? “From 250 to 5000 dead”.
        Hello? Is there any list? Didn’t these guys have relatives? Where is the list?
        I have charted the “official” numbers on literacy and such things as child birth and the slope actually becomes flatter with Chavismo.
        These blokes remind me of


  6. Hey! Why do you hate inces do much?I mean, it’s more efficient than ever, they even tax business that didn’t get their employee trained by them!


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