Unemployment continues to fall in Malaga

Cordon Press

UNEMPLOYMENT in Malaga Province has gone down for the sixth month in a row, with 1,305 people finding employment in August.

Although nationwide unemployment levels remain a cause for concern, this sustained improvement in Malaga has resulted in a monthly decrease in unemployment levels of 0.7 per cent, according to data published on Tuesday.

At the moment, Malaga has 184,657 people registered as unemployed: 8,984 less than a year ago. Current figures show that unemployment in Malaga is at its lowest rate since September 2011, and within Andalucía, only Cadiz Province has recorded greater success, with a 1.43 per cent decrease.

Throughout Spain, Malaga is beaten only by Cadiz and La Coruña in the extent to which unemployment levels have fallen.

As expected, the Service Industry has seen the greatest amount of jobs offered, with 504 more people finding work in August than in July, thanks to the summer tourist boom.

The agricultural and industrial sectors follow with 221 and 110 less people looking for work respectively. Unemployment in the construction industry rose, however, with an extra 378 people signing on.

There is still a marked gap between men and women currently out of work. The number of men now unemployed in the province is 88,052, compared to 96,605 women. Of Malaga’s total number of people looking for work, 17,759 are under the age of 25.

In Andalucía as a whole, the number of people currently unemployed totals 1,018,432, a decrease of 0.1 per cent from July. When compared to this time last year, a decrease in unemployment levels of 2.68 per cent (28,051 people) has been registered.

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