. For the first time since the start of the crisis the year-on-year unemployment figures have fallen. Since 2007, apart from the ups and downs from one month to the next due to seasonal employment, the number of people out of work has increased gradually year after year.
However this September’s total reveals 831 fewer people on the unemployment registers than there were in the same month of 2012, according to statistics released on Wednesday by the state employment agency.
The most cautious put these positive figures down to the theory that job losses have reached their limit, as well as to factors such as emigration of locals, immigrants going home and people out of work with no benefits being too disheartened to continue to sign on.
On the other hand the most optimistic interpret the figures as the long-awaited start of recovery. Social Security figures come out in favour of the former as in the last 12 months the province has lost 13,000 contributors. In other words, the numbers of job seekers have decreased, but not because jobs have been created for them.
At the end of September the total number of people registered as unemployed in the province was 196,150, some 2,509 more than in August due to the end of summer contracts. The services sector experienced the greatest increase in job seekers in September while unemployment figures actually fell in agriculture.
In Andalucía, registered unemployment increased in September by 2,973 compared to the August figures, with the total number of job seekers in the region currently at 1,049,456. However the figures show a fall in unemployment of 5,653 since this time last year.
In Spain as a whole unemployment figures were up by 25,572 compared to the month of August leaving the total number of Spanish residents signing on at the employment office at 4,724,355.
The figures released by the employment agencies tend to be lower than the quarterly EPA (active population survey) results