Jobless starting up in business

 SINCE 2008, 9,400 people in Malaga province have applied for their unemployment subsidy to be paid in one instalment.

It has been granted 83 per cent of the time.

The reason given for applying in most of the cases was starting a business or becoming a member of a cooperative.  In the first case, people tend to become freelance workers.

This can explain why – according to the National Federation of Freelance Workers (ATA) – there are a growing number of people signing on to the Social Security’s Special Regime for Freelancers (RETA) in Malaga province.  Despite nearly 10,000 people signing off during 2012, almost 94,000 signed on.

When going their own way, Malaga self employed tend to open a business related to food or a shop.  Out of 93,971 currently registered in the RETA, 45 per cent are enlisted in businesses of this kind.

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