Unemployment in Spain at more than 4.3m

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UNEMPLOYMENT in Spain rose by 34,406 people in March, Ministry of Employment figures show. This was an increase of 0.8 per cent against February leaving the total jobless at more than 4.3 million people. State employment secretary, Mari Luz Rodriguez, said “it is always bad when unemployment rises”.

In March 2010, unemployment rose by 0.87 per cent, which means 167,056 people have lost their jobs in the past year.

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The worst-affected sector is Agriculture, with 5,698 people losing their jobs, which is 4.14 per cent of the total workforce, followed by Industry (1,710), Construction (1,636), Services (14,836) and those without prior employment (10,526) who account for almost a third of the total.

There are now 2,183,421 women unemployed, 18,770 more than in February, and 130,373 more than in March last year. Meanwhile, the number of men out of work amounts to 2,150,248, 15,636 more than last month, and 36,683 more than last year.

The number of unemployed people under the age of 25 rose by 12,830 people compared to last month.


Unemployment has fallen in the Balearic Islands, Castilla y Leon, Navarra and Asturias, while it rose most in Cataluña (8,658), Andalucia (6,918), the Basque Country (6,095) and the Comunidad Valenciana (5,875).

By provinces, it fell most in Huelva (1,537 fewer people unemployed) and rose most in Barcelona (7,483).


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