Spain set a new record: there are nearly 5 million unemployed
29/04/1911 - 10:58
The number of unemployed increased in the first quarter at 213,500 people, reaching 4,910,200 at the end of March. The figure is 21.29%.
Spain beat in the first quarter of this year its record high of almost five million unemployed people in this situation, a 21.29 per cent, as reported today by the National Statistics Institute (INE).
The Socialist government of José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero believes that this record has touched the ceiling, not to exceed the psychological barrier of the five million unemployed and now start job creation.
The number of unemployed increased in the first quarter at 213,500 people, reaching 4,910,200 at the end of March, according to Labour Force Survey (LFS). This is the highest since 1976.
The unemployment rate of 21.29 percent is also the highest since 1997, when in the second quarter was 20.72 percent. And it is also the highest in Western Europe.
Zapatero’s government described the data as "serious" and "very negative", but believes that unemployment has hit the "maximum" in the first quarter of 2011. "From now on, the Spanish economy will create jobs, and jobs and employment. We’re at the wrong time, "said senior vice president, Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba.
For opposition leader, Mariano Rajoy, is "the worst sad fact of history." And he said, the allusion to the Zapatero government: "We all know that while these people are the front is not possible to address the economic recovery."
The unions, which staged the first strike in September general Zapatero was to protest a labor reform that, among other things, relaxed the dismissal, warned today that the unemployment problem begins to threaten the social cohesion and balance .
The lack of work in Spain is the worst face of economic crisis the country is having difficulty leaving. Since its arrival in late 2007, have destroyed 2.37 million jobs. Between January and March, the destruction was 256,500 jobs.
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