A waiter works on the terrace of a crowded restaurant in the center of Madrid. (REUTERS/Susana Vera)
Last April, 238,436 jobs were created in Spain, leaving the highest number of people affiliated with Social Security in the historical series and the highest increase in absolute terms of employment for a fourth month of the year, of 1.17 % monthly. In addition, unemployment fell by 73,890 people, 2.58% per month, with a strong boost from the hospitality industry and tourism derived from Holy Week.
According to the data published this Thursday by the Ministries of Social Security and Labor, the total number of affiliates amounts to 20,614,989 and the number of unemployed to 2,788,370, the lowest number for a month of April since 2008. This represents an increase of the affiliation of 2.98% per year and a drop in unemployment of 7.75% compared to April 2022.
By sectors, only services accounted for the creation of 208,302 jobs, 87% of the total. April has coincided this year with the celebration of Easter, which further boosts employment, although repeatedly the fourth month of the year usually registers good data due to the start of the tourist season in many parts of the country.
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In percentage terms, the agriculture, livestock and fishing sector grew somewhat more than that of services (1.58% compared to 1.34%) and gained 16,776 affiliates after three months of decline. This is cyclical behavior as a result of the start of some fruit and vegetable campaigns, since the picture is not so optimistic when compared to April of previous years: it is the lowest number of affiliates in the historical series for a month of April since 2008.
This is due, in part, to the progressive technification of the countryside, but also to a pronounced drought that reduces harvests and causes surplus labor. After these two sectors, industry gains 7,965 affiliates, 0.34% more monthly, and construction 5,394 (0.39%).
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