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Recovery in Spain's job market with more than 20 million employed for first time since 2008

At a local level, a busy summer holiday season and fewer coronavirus restrictions allowed Malaga province to add 22,100 new workers in the third quarter of 2021, recovering pre-Covid employment levels

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A busy summer holiday season with more tourists and fewer coronavirus restrictions has helped the recovery of Spain’s job market.

The number of employed persons at a national level has increased by 359,300 in the third quarter of the year, representing an increase of 1.8 per cent, according to the , data published this Thursday, 28 October, by the National Institute of Statistics (INE).

With this increase, the total number of employed people reaches 20,031,000, the highest number in almost 13 years, in fact, since the fourth quarter of 2008 when 20.05 million workers were counted. The figure also means the level of employment has exceeded that of before the coronavirus crisis, with 19.96 million in the third quarter of 2019.

The recovery of the labour market is accompanied by a 127,100 reduction in the number of out of work people as unemployment rate falls to 14.57 per cent, half a point below the Government's forecast for the year as a whole.

Malaga province

Malaga province continues on the path of recovery by gaining 22,100 new workers. In year-on-year terms, the province has gained 36,900 employed persons since the third quarter of last year.

As is customary in the province, the service sector is the one that has led the way in the last quarter, which has coincided with the high tourist season. Specifically , this group has gained 25,300 employed people compared to the second half of the year. But the employment data has worsened in the rest of the groups: agriculture has lost 7,400 workers, construction 5,700 and industry 3,500.

In the province there are currently 166,100 workers unemployed, which represents an increase of 13,400 people compared to last quarter.

Andalucía region

At the regional level, the number of employed persons has decreased by 7,200 people compared to the last quarter. Although the general trend throughout Andalucía has been an increase in the number of workers, the statistics have been particularly hit by the falls registered in Huelva (-40,900) and Seville (-21,200).