Considering Spain has the second highest unemployment rate in the European Union at 26 percent (only Greece’s rate is higher), it’s breathing a sigh of relief today. According to CNN, the number of registered unemployed folks dropped by 107,600 last month. Currently the number of their folks out of work is approximately six million people. We would be myopic if we only wrote about U.S. News but their numbers are quite staggering, aren’t they?
Government officials sound optimistic. Per the piece, their prime minister has predicted a recovery for this year and earlier this week in a radio interview their economy minister indicated job creation could potentially surpass forecasts.
Numbers are misleading though since labor unions point to temporary and part-time opportunities as providing relief, not full-time ones. In fact, their data reflects new employment contracts as temporary ones. Technically the number of permanent jobs that are new and available to job seekers has remained flat the past year.
Per the piece, Victor Echevarria at BNP Paribas, explained, ”Employment in Spain has traditionally only seen sustained increases when the economy has posted solid growth; it remains to be seen whether this will also be the case this time around.”