Spain now has 19 million people in work, more than before the 2009 global financial crisis, data published on Thursday shows.
According to the figures released in the government's quarterly active-population survey (EPA), seen as more reliable than monthly social security data, between July and September this year, net unemployment fell by 182,600 to 3,731,700.
The national unemployment rate is now 16.38 per cent, the lowest percentage since the end of 2008.
During the third quarter of this year, 235,900 new jobs were created, (up 1.2 per cent), which means that the number of people in Spain in work at the end of September was 19,049,200.
The sectors of the population who have benefitted most from the increase are those that suffered the most over the last few years. There were 137,900 more jobs for young people and 39,800 more of those over 55 found work.
Service sector out front
The biggest increase by far came in the service sector (236,400 more in work). Construction jobs increased by 21,000, but jobs in agriculture were down 55,000.
There was good news as well over the level of full-time contracts. These increased by 380,200 people from July to September while the number of part-time contracts dropped by 144,300.
Numbers rise in Andalucía
There was less good news in the data for Andalucía , where unemployment rose slightly by 5,400 people, putting the jobless rate in the autonomous region at 25.41 per cent. Of the eight provinces in Andalucía, the highest rate of employment, according to the EPA is in Cordoba, with 30.21 per cent while Malaga has the lowest rate, at 20.88 per cent.