By Alex Glenn • 09 August 2021 • 8:41
Malaga recovers 50,000 jobs in five months Credit: Pixabay
Malaga recovers 50,000 jobs in five months and approaches pre-pandemic employment levels this summer.
The coronavirus pandemic has affected practically every area of life in Spain but in recent months Malaga has seen a fantastic recovery in employment. Levels of both employment and unemployment have returned to similar levels to what was seen before the pandemic hit. Both trade unions and employers have raised doubts over how much of this activity can be maintained after the summer tourist season finishes though.
Malaga has seen five months of growth this year and a staggering 50,000 jobs have been created since February. This means at the moment over 640,000 people are registered with Spain’s Social Security in Malaga, something which has not been seen since the start of the pandemic. Before Covid began figures for Social Security registrations came in at 648,000 in July 2019.
There are still though over 12,000 workers on the temporary lay-off plan (ERTE). This means that while they are still registered with Social Security the workers have seen their working hours suspended. They will though be receiving some or all of their wages from the State Public Employment Service (SEPE).
As reported La opinion to Malaga, “Unemployment has followed the same path, although in this case logically downwards. Since February, the number of unemployed in the province has fallen by 50,169 people, leaving the total figure at the end of July at just over 154,000. In February 2020, just before Covid burst in, there were 153,000 unemployed in Malaga, which is practically back to the starting point of the pre-pandemic.”
Sadly, at the moment though many people are being forced to take temporary and part-time jobs. The temporary contracts have been criticised by some trade unions saying that the workers take on temporary contract after temporary contract, for what is in effect the same job.
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Originally from the UK, Alex is based in Almeria and is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news.
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