Unemployment soars by 92 per cent in Spain’s Balearic holiday islands Mallorca and Ibiza

WORST HIT: The services sector accounts for the lion’s share of the islands’ unemployment CREDIT: pxfuel.com

UNEMPLOYMENT soared in the Balearic Islands in May, ending the month 92 per cent up on the same month last year.
It was the biggest inter-annual increase in the jobless figures of any of Spain’s region, and compares with a national average of 25.2 per cent.
The total number of people out of work in Mallorca, Ibiza, Menorca and Formentera now stands at 74,689, figures from the SEPE State Employment Public Service reveal. This is 35,792 more than at the same time last year, and a rise of 2,147, or 2.9 per cent, on April.
The service sector accounts for the lion’s share of the islands’ unemployment, with 59,310 workers currently out of a job, followed by construction with 8,167.

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