Local Employment


According to data released by the Ministry of Employment and Social Security, the number of people unemployed in Spain rose by 59,444 people in February. This has gone up 1.19% from the previous month bringing the total number of people registered unemployed to 5,040,222.

Unemployment in Spain is increasing faster in rural areas than in urban centres. In rural areas it has increased from over 8 per cent in 2007 to more than 26 per cent in 2012, while in urban areas it increased slightly less, from 7.8 per cent to 24 per cent during the same time. The situation is worse in the south of Andalucía where unemployment rates were high before the crisis. Although this area saw a rise in unemployment, 4 of its provinces however saw a decline. Huelva was one of the 4 with a decrease of 957.

One sector that could be considered a factor in the decrease is education. The province of Huelva has its own large university which was founded in 1993.  Its aim has been to provide quality teaching and research. It also promotes economic, environmental and cultural developments in the city and province. In terms of employment it currently supplies work for over 1,000 lecturers and 400 hundred administrative and supportive staff. The university also has close links with local businesses. This allows students to gain work experience through placements in order to ease their transition into the work force.

This has been a significant aid in providing employment and educating young adults. However unemployment is still high around this area and is still considered a major problem. 


By Kelly Walker, Rebecca Anderson & Lauren Findlay


4 thoughts on “Local Employment

  1. That is a one help how to lower the unemployment. With building schools you provide the jobs for teachers and you produce knowledge that is asked by finding a job. But the biggest problem here is the huge unemployment of youth in Andalusia. 66,4% youth under 25 is unemployed in Andalusia (http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2013/04/the-most-doomed-part-of-spain-in-2-charts/275395/). So there is still not enough jobs for the people coming from this University.
    But if there were more people with the university education, maybe they would find jobs easier. And one more change is needed, people need to start to travel to find a work in other regions, maybe other countries.

  2. Another problem might be that Spain citizens need to realize they have to lower their living standards. They all were used to certain level (high) of living standard, but this is no longer possible in position were Spain is now. For example there are many job positions in southern Spain mainly in agriculture where Spaniards just refuse to work because it’s “below their level”. These positions have to be occupied by immigrant laborers mostly coming from northern parts of Africa. One step to make Spaniards realize this and start appreciating such positions is to greatly lower the unemployment benefits, so that they are lower than what one can earn in these jobs.

  3. But the government have recognized that the high youth unemployment is the biggest problem in Spain. Because the government will fight with a multibillion-dollar employment package against the high youth unemployment in spain. The prime minister Mariano Rajoy announed an action plan which should help about one million young spanish people to find work.
    Because of this bad cirumstances so many young people left spain in the past. The government has understood that the youth is the future and that they have to avoid this development and they want to do something against it.

  4. After the collapse of the construction sector, the hopes of many Andalusian focus on tourism. Approximately 66,000 people work here, the third highest number in southern Europe. In one month the business with the visitors running again. But how long?

    But recently, the tourism industry makes only every tenth newly signed contract. Nearly 30 percent of jobs were made in agricultural, forestry and fisheries. Andalusia has always been dominated by agriculture. But there is the same problem as in Tourism: The jobs are highly seasonal and permanent employment contracts are very rare, like in the rest of spain.


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