According to fDi Markets data, in 2009 the region posted a 7.4% increase in investment project numbers on 2008. Since 2003, 5865 projects have been launched in Latin American and Caribbean countries; in 2003 some 800 projects were recorded, while last year 1199 projects were announced.
This investment has precipitated a rise in job creation. After a 7.3% drop between 2007 and 2008, the number of jobs created in the region between 2008 and 2009 grew by 22.5%; 71,621 jobs were created in 2008 against 87,765 in 2009. Since 2003, 435,134 jobs have been created in the Latam and Caribbean region.