Unemployment in Spain exceeded 24 percent, the highest number in the EU

The unemployment rate in Spain in the first quarter came to 24.4 percent and is by far the highest of the entire European Union. The country is out of work about5.6 million people and a rapidly increasing number of households where all members unemployed. This was announced by the local statistical office. In the last quarter of last year,the Spanish unemployment rate was 22.9 percent and she was already the highest in the EU. But the Spaniards at the beginning of this year, the Greeksbegan to catch up, where unemployment is close to 22 percent. Only the first three months of this year lost their jobs in Spain about 365 900people. Number of households where all members unemployed increased by153,400, reaching 1.7 million awesome. While Spain has approximately 47million inhabitants.

Source: ČTK


5 thoughts on “Unemployment in Spain exceeded 24 percent, the highest number in the EU

  1. For me this is not surprise,´cause i´ve lived there for a 3 months and i see how people are interested in their work,nobody are bussy,nobody is strresed,everybody has siesta..and if i can say truth i hate this..how they can want to have better economic situation when their work morality is so low..how they can do strike?i really don´t understand people there..

  2. I think the Spanish have lost hope in their country. This recession has hurt them very hard and they are frustrated. I cannot pass judgment since I have not been put in their situation. Perhaps there is hope for Spain in the future. I heard about a company that will place a new golf course in Valencia for British and German tourists. Maybe if Spain could cut their government spending and increase jobs in energy they can decrease their unemployment. In addition, many people will soon have their unemployment benefits run out since it only lasts for 2 years. The real problem is that the government and society needs to persuade those who need employment to find it even if this means leaving the country. Spain is very family orientated and this has caused trouble because many people do not want to leave their families. However they may have to since there are not very many other options. I feel awful that the recession has brought frustration and disappointment to the society.

  3. I think that we shouldn’t say that main reason for such high unemployment is siesta and unmotivated people. It is more than one reason; you must know that in Spain governance promoted temporary contracts in the past in order to achieve flexibility at the margin. In Spain are around 30% of all employees temporary, what is a lot. Second reason can be that Spanish labour allows fire employees too easy and the third reason could be growth. But this is not peoples fault; the governance should have better employment policy. Maybe is truth that many people are not too worry, or not worry at all: and that most of them consider this period of unemployment as holidays and rest. I think that, this type of relaxed behavior is the same like governments. Can you blame the people? But this is just my opinion.

  4. I agree with the last post; I don’t think it is fair to say the reason for Spain’s high unemployment rate is the attitude of the people. For example, having a siesta is an old Spanish tradition, not a new concept which could have been a trigger for de-motivation and the recent increase of the unemployment rate. In my opinion it is definitely, for the most part, a governance issue, Spain needs a new strategy and incentives in order to re-stimulate its’ economy and foster job creation. I think this new strategy is especially needed for youths and university graduates as many of them are migrating towards different countries with more opportunities meaning Spain is losing a lot of its future talent and skills which could be necessary to rebuild the economy.

  5. Good depabe- Blaming siesta is a little bit narrow-minded. Please, look at European statistics: Spaniards work more hour a week than most countries in Europe.


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