FOLLOWING a longer than usual, encouraging summer season for employment, Malaga has broken its seven month upward trend and registered the second worst increase in jobless people in Spain in September.
Beaten only by Cadiz, where the dole queue gained 7,550 people, Malaga registered a rise in unemployment of 4,447 people, bringing the total for the province up to 178,917.
Although the figure is worse than in September 2014, this is partly because, whereas it tends to increase in August, this year unemployment actually fell slightly for the seventh month in a row.
This was due to the fact that the busy season for tourism lasted longer this year; starting earlier and ending later than in previous years.
The greatest September increase in unemployment was registered in the services sector, which includes tourism-related posts, with an extra 4,988 people joining the hunt for work, bringing the total to 118,613.
Meanwhile, the construction sector registered a slight improvement with 675 fewer people registered as unemployed.
In spite of the negative figures, employment in Malaga is still better than a year ago as September 2014 ended with 8,501 more unemployed people registered than there are now.