Self-Employment In Andalucia Reaches A Milestone, Says Moreno

There are more autonomos in Andalucia now than in Catalonia.

Self-employment in Andalucia has reached a ‘milestone’, the President of the Junta de Andalucia has said.

THE number of self-employed people in the region should banish the stereotype of Andalucia as unproductive area, Juanma Moreno said on June 9. There are now more autonomos in Andalucia than there are in Catalonia.

“Today I feel proud, because traditionally Andalucia, especially in terms of productivity, always occupied the last or penultimate place. Something that saddened and frustrated us. When in any of these rankings, after three years of hard work, we see the figures for Andalucia as the community with the most self-employed workers in all of Spain, it fills us with pride,” he said in Sevilla on June 9.

Moreno said the figures were all the more remarkable given that they were achieved during a tumultuous year of pandemic restrictions and a “harsh economic recession.”

As of May, Andalucia had 557,615 self-employed people compared with 556,945 in Catalonia. Between May 2020 and May 2021, the region has gained 24,439 new self-employed workers, that is, more than 2,000 each month and almost 70 new workers a day.

The figures prove that Andalucians have the stomach to undertake a business project alone, said Moreno.

“Every time that happens, we are talking about a small economic miracle. It has to do with the entrepreneurial culture that we have to continue developing and with the favourable environment the government of Andalucia is generating and that is working,” he added.

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