...department and is used by the European Union when comparing Spain with other countries. In total there were 3,191,900 people in Spain inactive and available for work at the end of December, a rate of 13.8%. 139,800 people locally in Malaga province were out ... of work, a rate of 17.75%. Malaga's poor performance is being blamed primarily on a drop in workers in the construction sector as well as, to a lesser extent, in the service sector. In contrast, employment in agriculture grew during the year. On a ... regional level, Malaga province has the lowest percentage unemployment rate of the eight provinces in Andalucía. The regional average at then end of 2019 was 20.8%.