Local companies have fallen back on official ERTE schemes once again to temporarily shed staff since second-wave Covid restrictions were brought in.
At the end of November, there were 30,847 people affected by furloughing in Malaga province, including the Costa del Sol, official data shows. However this number is probably higher in reality as the government's SEPE employment service has yet to process all applications sent in over the month.
The November figure is a 5,169 increase on the end of October, when the number of people on an ERTE was at its lowest since the start of the pandemic.
In Spain overall, there were 746,000 on an ERTE at the end of November, mostly consisting of bar and restaurant staff (30 per cent of the total), tourist accommodation workers (14.4 per cent) and retail employees (13.8 per cent).