The third wave of the pandemic hits Andalucía's unemployment figures hard

Empty terraces. File photograph.
Empty terraces. File photograph. / SUR
  • According to Social Security figures for February the region has suffered more than other areas of Spain

The strict mobility and activity restrictions imposed to stop the explosive wave of infections during the third wave of Covid-19 have left a clear mark on the Andalusian jobs scene according to data from Spain's Social Security system.

Andalucía as a whole registered an increase of 14,418 unemployed compared to January, which makes it the autonomous region with the worst evolution of the jobs market in the whole of Spain.

In Malaga province February ended with 3,431 more people registered unemployed, bringing the total to 204,293. The province had not seen this level of unemployment since 2014, when it was still beginning to emerge from what was then considered the worst crisis in its history. In addition, there were another 7,473 added to the ERTE furloughing scheme in the province, taking the total to 41,516, the highest since July 2020.

Malaga is placed second among the Andalusian provinces for the highest rise in unemployment in February. The top position is taken by Jaén, where the olive harvesting season has come to an end.

The only province in the region that didn’t see a rise in the unemployed was Huelva, mainly due to the start of the strawberry picking season.

The unemployment trend for Malaga province.

The unemployment trend for Malaga province. / SUR

In the case of Malaga, the rise in unemployment in February affected all sectors except construction, but it was particularly significant in services industries.

There are almost 51,000 more unemployed people in the province than February 2020 - a rise of 33.1 per cent, which makes it the third-placed Spanish province with the highest increase in unemployment in absolute terms behind Madrid and Barcelona.