Labour market

Unemployment falls for the first time since 2007 in an October month in Catalonia

Unemployment decreases by 510 people and by 734 in Spain

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A ZOCO office in Barcelona

BarcelonaUnemployment figures have fallen again for the eighth consecutive month in Catalonia after the unchecked rise caused by the covid crisis. In October it has done it in 510 people, according to the data of the Ministry of Labour that has been made public this Tuesday. Although the decline is discreet with respect to the summer months, it is important considering that it is the first drop in unemployment in a month of October since 2007, when, traditionally, many summer season contracts end. Currently the number of people looking for employment in Catalonia is 377,960, almost 10,000 people less than in October two years ago, therefore, in absolute figures the employment picture is already better than it was before the pandemic.

In Spain there has also been a drop in the number of unemployed in October, specifically by 734 people. It is the first time in 46 years that this number has fallen. There are currently 3.2 million people registered on the lists of the State Public Employment Service (SEPE). Like Catalonia, Spain also strings together eight months of continuous decline in unemployment, which has decreased in all sectors except agriculture. By communities, where it has fallen the most has been in Madrid (-9,851), followed by the Canary Islands and Castile and León.