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