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Job creation on the Costa slowed down this spring, quarterly data shows

  • 135,000 people in the Malaga province are available to work but unable to find jobs

Not as many jobs were created as expected in Malaga province, including the Costa del Sol, in the period from April to June this year, data published on Thursday showed. The quarterly active population survey (EPA) is seen as the most reliable data on Spanish unemployment.

Despite the period traditionally being good for jobless figures, as the peak tourist season starts, the province only had 2,500 more people in work compared to the period from January to June. This compared to 37,000 in the same period last year and 27,000 in 2017. Even so, the province still has the highest amount of people in work ever, at some 650,000 people.

In terms of the unemployed data, the survey calculates that there are 135,000 people available to work but unable to find jobs in Malaga province (17.27 per cent). This represents a small drop of 1,200 people out of work from April to June.

Most growth in jobs came in the service sector, with the construction sector slowing down slightly.