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Spain sees unemployment claims fall on monthly basis for first time since 2007

Source: El Pais El Pais - Tue 4th Mar 2014
Spain sees unemployment claims fall on monthly basis for first time since 2007

The Spanish economy is finally beginning to create jobs, albeit at a very slow pace, the Labor Ministry confirmed on Tuesday.

The number of Social Security contributors grew 0.38% year-on-year in February, meaning that for the first time since the beginning of the crisis in 2008 there are more workers in the system than there were a year ago; specifically, 61,557 more. Month-to-month growth was 0.24% from January.

As for unemployment, the rolls fell by 227,736, or 4.5%, from a year earlier. Compared with January, there were 1,949 fewer people collecting unemployment checks in February, a very small figure that nevertheless represents the first month-on-month drop since 2007.

February, however, is not a stable month in terms of job statistics: since 1996, the unemployment rate has declined 10 times and risen nine.

Broken down by sectors, the jobless rate went down 0.95% in construction, 0.97% in industry, and 0.12% in services. However it rose 3.8% in agriculture.

By regions, unemployment fell in February in 12 autonomous communities, particularly Aragón (with 5,045 fewer people out of a job) and Catalonia (4,285 fewer), but rose in 5 regions, most notably Andalusia (9,674) and Castilla-La Mancha (2,435).

Despite an unemployment rate of 26%, PM Mariano Rajoy has been lately talking about a recovery. On Monday, he told representatives from the IMF, the OECD and other world leaders gathered in Bilbao for the Global Forum Spain seminar that "Spain has overcome the longest recession in its recent history. Now we are in a period of recovery that will slowly take hold and allow us to create jobs again."

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