Spain closed 2018 with an unemployment rate of 14.45 per cent, according to government data published this week.
The data is from the EPA active- population survey, published every three months and seen as more reliable than the monthly social security department data, which excludes those who have signed off jobless registers.
According to the last EPA data of 2018, the country had 3.3 million out of work, a fall of 462,000 over the year, although this decline slowed down in the last three months of the year.
The amount of new jobs created also accelerated in 2008. Last year, the total size of the workforce grew by 566,200, the most for 12 years.
In the Andalucía region, the total number of unemployed fell to 834,300 in December, a rate of 21.26 per cent, down from over 30 per cent at the height of the financial crisis.
New regional employment minister, Rocío Blanco, said the figures, "could have been much better if Andalucía had carried out the reforms needed to generate employment and make people more employable" .
In Malaga province, including the Costa del Sol, unemployment is now at 16.56 per cent.