The number of self-employed workers grew 10 percent in Cuba, which shows its validity as a source of employment, production of goods and services and the level of acceptance among the Cuban population.
As reported in today's edition of the Juventud Rebelde newspaper, at the end of September 579,415 people are now part of the non-state sector, 56,560 more than till the end of September 2016.
The upward trend has been sustained steadily since October 2010, when this employment option was expanded and relaxed with new resolutions, according to statistical data from the Ministry of Labor and Social Security (MTSS)
The most represented activities are the elaboration and sale of food, cargo transportation, house, rooms and spaces rentals and telecommunications agent, in that order.
Although the granting of a group of licenses has been temporarily stopped since last August by the measures taken to correct deficiencies and avoid illegalities, private work remains important and fully valid.
Marta Elena Feitó Cabrera, deputy minister of the MTSS, pointed out that the decisions taken do not constitute a setback in the development of the activity; but a step forward to consolidate the organization and control of self-employment