Spain’s unemployment rate sees highest increase in five years

THE amount of unemployed people in Spain increased by 83,464 in January to almost 3.3 million, the largest monthly rise in five years according to government figures.

Data from the Labour Ministry showed that the number of people out of work fell by 190,767, continuing a long term trend of more people getting back into work.

The service sector led the way on job losses with 85,584 workers from the industry now unemployed. Losses in that sector were offset by rising numbers of employment in construction.

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