Quarterly EAPS data: rise in jobless due to a fall in seasonal work

Quarterly EAPS data: rise in jobless due to a fall in seasonal work
  • Survey calculates 37,000 fewer are in work in Malaga province since the pandemic, but this is only part of the picture

More insight into the effect of the pandemic on local and national jobless totals emerged this week with the publication of the government's quarterly Economically Active Population Survey (EAPS). The EAPS measures who is in and out of work, and is considered more accurate than monthly Social Security figures.

For April to June this year, in Malaga province, including the Costa del Sol, the percentage of available workers who were in employment fell by 5.86%, compared to the previous quarter. 37,500 people stopped working and 602,000 were in work.

This figure excludes those furloughing, which reached 130,000 locally. The year-on-year number of employed was down 47,900 (7.37%). Most of this fall in employed is being blamed on seasonal contracts that weren't signed, linked to tourism and similar badly hit sectors.

Local figures are down more than nationally. Across Spain, the percentage fall year on year was 6.05%. However, the tight definition of unemployed in the survey, where a person has to be looking for work to count, something impossible during lockdown, means many have been classified as inactive rather than unemployed.

Locally, 20% were unemployed and nationally, 15.33% in the last quarter.