In November unemployment in Spain as a whole increased by 7,255 to a total of 3,474,281, according to figures just released from the Ministry of Employment. The government pointed out, however, that this increase is actually lower than the same month last year, when an extra 24,841 people registered as looking for work.
In some regions the increase was higher than others. After the Balearics, Catalonia was the most affected entire region, with a rise of 1.78% (7,400 people). The uncertain situation regarding the bid for independence is said to have contributed to the problem.