The labor market maintains a strong rate of improvement with a decrease of 76,113 people in September. It is the seventh consecutive month of decline and leaves unemployment at 3.25 million unemployed, 178,000 more than in September 2019
ELSA MARTN (GRAPHICS)
EMILIO AMADE (ANIMATIONS)
Updated Monday, October 4, 2021 – 09:15
Last September the labor market maintained a strong recovery rate that led it to record decreases in the number of unemployed for the seventh consecutive month. September is a complicated month in the seasonality of the Spanish labor market, but in 2021 the return to activity and the easing of restrictions led to the employment offices registering 76,113 fewer people unemployed than in August. In this way, the total number of unemployed rises to 3.25 million, which is 518,000 less than a year ago, in the middle of the pandemic. If the figure is compared with September 2019, however, the current unemployment volume still exceeds the pre-crisis situation by more than 178,000 people.
The recovery of activity in these last seven months has accumulated a reduction of 750,987 unemployed. Unemployment decreased in September in all sectors. The greatest decline in unemployment was led by the services sector, with 39,312 fewer unemployed (-1.7%), followed by agriculture (-13,067 unemployed, -8.1%); construction (-12,309 unemployed, -4.5%); industry, which left 6,668 unemployed (-2.4%), and the group without previous employment, where unemployment fell by 4,757 people (-1.7%). According to Labor, the industry, construction and agriculture sectors already present a level of unemployment lower than that existing at the beginning of the pandemic.
In terms of employment, the average affiliation to Social Security grew by 57,387 people in September compared to August, and placed the total figure at 19,531,111 affiliates. There are 57,387 more affiliates than in August, with a significant boost from the education sector, which with the beginning of the year increased registrations by 5.51%.
The Social Security affiliation data have led the head of Government Economic Affairs, Nadia Calvio, to ensure that 96% of the jobs lost during the crisis that triggered the arrival of the Covid in March 2020 have already been recovered. The vice president described the September data as “very positive” both from the point of view of job creation and unemployment reduction, “the most important in our history” this month. “It is impressive that the number of affiliates is already exceeding the pre-pandemic level,” he stressed.
Source: Ministry of Social Security and Social Economy
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