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Peru has a market oriented economy. Growth from 1997 to 2006 averaged 4.5%, in 2007 the economy grew 9% and in 2008 9.8% making it the fastest growing economy in Latin America[1]. In 2009 due to world recession and low commodity prices growth slowed down to 1% and for 2010 it is expected a robust growth in the economy. Peru adopted a market economy in the early 1990s during the government of Fujimori. After a period of hyperinflation, stagnation, price controls and limitation of foreign investment the economy was opened to new investment and to market forces. In 1990 inflation reached 7,481.69% and in 2010 it is estimated to reach 1.2%.[2]These macroeconomic policies and market reforms have been maintained by the succeeding governments of Toledo and Garcia.

Peru's Consumer Price Inflation rates from 1988 to 2010est
Year% RateYear% RateYear% Rate
1988666.96199611.4220043.66
19893398.2719978.6320051.62
19907481.6919987.2820062.00
1991419.5319993.5220071.78
199273.5320003.8820085.79
199348.4420012.0220093.20
199423.4220020.1620101.20 est
199511.0620032.26
International Monetary Fund - 2009 World Economic Outlook

By the end of 2007 the country’s GDP reached $bn92.4 and its GDP per head $4,420, still below the $7,500 average in Latin America. About 35% of its population is poor and 11% is extremely poor. Peru spends 4.3% of its GDP in health and 2.5% in education.[3]

Its economy is driven by services which account for 53.2% of its GDP, followed by industry 26.2% and agriculture 8.7%. Peru has a positive trade balance of bn$8.9 as of 2007[4]. Its exports have seen a dramatic increase in value in the past years due to increased demand in Asia and high world prices of its main commodities, such as copper, gold and zinc. Its main export destinations are United States, European Union, China, Canada and Chile. Its main origins of imports are United States, Brazil, Ecuador and China.

Origins of GDP% of totalComponents of GDP% of total
Agriculture8.7Private consumption61.5
Industry11.1Public consumption9.6
Manufacturing15.1Investment18.5
Services53.2Exports
Imports
28.7
-19.6
The Economist World in Figures. 2007 Edition

Peru’s unemployment rate from 1997 to 2007 was on average 8.8%. In 2008 it reached 6.9%, in 2009 8.1% and it is estimated in 2010 to reach 9%.[5] Peru’s high unemployment rate is affected by its informal economy. About 76%of Peruvians are employed in the service sector, 23% in industry and 1% in agriculture.[6]


[1] CIA World Factbook

[2] International Monetary Fund – 2009 World Economic Outlook

[3] The Economist World in Figures 2009 edition

[4] The Economist World in Figures 2009 edition

[5](Spanish) Instituto Nacional de Estadistica e Informatica

[6] The Economist World in Figures 2009 edition

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