THE number of jobless Marina Alta residents had fallen to 10,836 by the end of 2019.
This was 227 below the official figures for December 2018 and for the first time since 2007, when the economic crisis began to make itself felt, the Marina Alta finished the year with fewer than 11,000 unemployed.
December was the best month, with the number of people who were out of work falling by 93 as staff were taken on during the holiday season, according to the latest statistics from the regional government’s Labora employment service. Despite the encouraging figures, job creation had begun to slow down by the end of last year, compared with December 2018 when unemployment fell by 788 to 11,063.
More women continue to be unemployed, with 6,008 looking for work, compared with 4,828 men, the Labora figures reveal. The services industries were once again the worst-hit with 8,385 jobless, with 1,279 unemployed in the construction sector, 503 in industry, 187 in agriculture and 482 without any economic activity.