Spain's jobless numbers see first rise in six months

Tuesday 02 September 2014 12.45
4.43 million people were out of work in Spain in August
4.43 million people were out of work in Spain in August

Spain's jobless rate increased for the first time in six months in August, rising by 0.18%, or by 8,070 people, from July.

This means that 4.43 million people are out of work, according to the data from the Labour Ministry today.

In year-on-year terms, the number out of work fell 5.76%. 

Joblessness remains Spain's main economic problem after the country exited recession in the second half of last year. 

The quarterly unemployment rate, running at 24.5% in the second quarter, is calculated on the basis of a survey by the country's statistics institute as many jobless are not eligible for benefits and therefore do not register.