More than 16,000 firms in Costa Blanca’s Alicante have temporary laid off 80,000 plus staff due to COVID19

Image of Alhaurin de la Torre in Malaga province. Credit: Google maps - J. Agustín García

MORE than 80,000 workers in Alicante Province have been temporarily laid off due to State of Alarm measures to combat coronavirus.

In the last 24 hours alone, 1,856 new ERTE (Temporary Employment Regulation) files have been submitted by companies, according to the Ministry of Economy, which claims the figure is not slowing down.

According to the data provided the latest 1,856 files affects a total of 8,775 workers. Yesterday, the minister received new files relating to 9,420 employees.

The figures show that since March 12, 80,086 people in the Alicante Province have been temporary laid off or have had a reduction in working hours, from a total of 16,392 companies.

In the Valencian Community as a whole, the number of cases has already reached 41,298, according to the same sources, with a total of 234,285 workers affected.

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Tara Rippin

Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
Since arriving, the mother-of-one has made her home on the Costa Blanca, while spending 18 months at the EWN head office in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.
She loves being part of a community that has a wonderful expat and Spanish mix, and strives to bring the latest and most relevant news to EWN’s loyal and valued readers.

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