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Malaga creates 8,900 new jobs between July and September, but suffers a rise in unemployment

Malaga creates 8,900 new jobs between July and September, but suffers a rise in unemployment

The province marks a new milestone in the number of newly employed, but it is still behind the rest of the Andalucía region

Cristina Vallejo


Friday, 27 October 2023, 13:30

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A total of 8,900 new jobs were created in Malaga province between July and September this year, meaning 726,400 are now employed, according to new data.

It comes after the province exceeded 700,000 people employed for the first time in history in the second quarter of the year. But there has been a slowdown compared to the same quarter of 2022 where the number of newly employed grew by 23,100, the latest figures from Spain national statistics institute (INE) show. There has also been a decrease in the amount of jobs created in the province after the second quarter registered 32,000 new jobs, compared to just 8,900 in the third.

The data also shows that Malaga is still behind other Andalusian provinces for the number of people employed. Bigger increases were recorded in Seville with 12,300 people employed, Cordoba (10,000) and Cadiz (9,100). At a national level, the number of employed people grew by 209,200. This figure is higher than in the third quarter of last year, when the increase was 77,700 people.

By sectors, the largest increase in the province of Malaga was recorded in services, with an increase of 5,500 employed; while agriculture experienced a growth of 3,400 workers; construction increased by 700 people; and only industry suffered a decrease: 800 employed people.

Unemployment rate returns to 16%

The unemployment rate increased in Malaga in the last quarter, rising from 15.82% to 16.05%, in line with the trend throughout the country.

Andalucía recorded varied results, where Jaén registered a strong increase - the highest in Spain - from 17.07% to 23.25%. Almeria jumped by 3.5% and Huelva by 4% to 20%. Meanwhile, Cordoba was the province where unemployment fell the most in Spain, dropping from 21.81% to 17.89%.

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