Spanish employment swimming in calmer waters

The last EPA survey (4Q2014) offers the best numbers in seven years. The government is using it as an argument to justify their strategy to exit the economic crisis. In 2014 employment in Spain went up by 433.000 more people (half of them signed a stable contract and some of them a full-time one).

Active population rose by 44,000 more people, to 23 million Spaniards, which means an injection of confidence. Unemployment rate went down from 25.7% to 23.7%.

But there is still too much to do. Employment has been decreasing for the last seven years and the 17.6 million Spaniards with a job mean not enough fiscal income for the State in order to deliver pensions and other areas in need of public support.

About the Author

Fernando Gonzalez Urbaneja
Over 30 years working in economic journalism. Fernando was founder and chief-editor at El País, general editor at the business daily Cinco Días, and now teaches at Universidad Carlos III. He's been president of the Madrid Press Association and the Spanish Federation of Press Associations. He's also member of the Spanish press complaints commission.

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