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More jobless and less work in first three months of 2017

  • On the Costa del Sol, unemployment levels rose 10,700 compared to the last quarter of 2016

Unemployment in Spain rose slightly from January to March of this year and there were less people working, according to data from the government survey of the active population (EPA), released on Thursday.

In the first three months of 2017, there were 17,200 more unemployed in Spain, a rise of 0.41 per cent on the end of 2016. This is the biggest increase in this period since 2013.

There were also 69,800 less people actively working, some one per cent more than in the first three months of 2016.

On the Costa del Sol, unemployment levels rose 10,700 compared to the last quarter of 2016. The Easter tourist season, bringing seasonal jobs, fell later, in April this year. Andalucía overall, however, saw the biggest fall in Spain over the first three months.

Across Spain, the number of households where all members who are able to work are out of a job rose by 6,900 from January to March to a total of 1,394,700.

Making adjustments for seasonality, the top-line jobless figures are slightly better. Using this measure, the number of unemployed in Spain fell by 3.02 per cent compared to the previous three months and employment grew 0.70 per cent.