Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy today hailed fresh figures showing a record slump in the jobless queue in April as a sign that a job-wrecking trend had been snapped.
Nevertheless, the decline was "absolutely insufficient", he said.
The number of registered unemployed fell by 111,565 people from March to 4.68 million in April, the Labour Ministry said.
It was the steepest decline for the month of April since existing records began, it said.
"I am hopeful about the future because I think we have broken a trend of destruction of employment and we are already heading in the opposite direction," Rajoy said on Spainish radio.
When corrected to smooth out seasonal blips, the latest figures showed that the unemployment queue fell by 50,202 in April.