Labour market

Unemployment falls for the seventh consecutive month in Catalonia, reaching pre-pandemic levels

September data reveal 12,658 fewer unemployed in Catalonia and 76,113 fewer in Spain

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BarcelonaFor the seventh consecutive month unemployment has fallen in Catalonia. In September, a month in which it normally tends to rise due to the end of the summer season contracts, unemployment has fallen by 12,658 people. In absolute figures it is the second autonomous community with the biggest decrease, only surpassed by the Canary Islands, whose economy also depends mainly on tourism, with 20,699 less unemployed.

With this data Catalonia is very close to pre-pandemic unemployment levels for September, since in 2019 there were more than 372,000 unemployed while now the figure stands at slightly over 378,000 people. In fact, unemployement is actually lower than it was in February 2020, just before Covid hit.

As for Spain, unemployment has also fallen for the seventh consecutive month, with 76,113 fewer unemployed, a 2.28% month-on-month decrease. If we compare the figures with last year's, when the vaccination campaign had not yet begun, the number of unemployed has fallen by 518,683 (-13.73%). Spain has 3.2 million unemployed.