Canaries escape dramatic job losses

SPAIN’S jobless total rose by 95,817 in September, making it the worst month in 15 years – yet the Canary Islands avoided the misery.

The 2.32% increase took the total number of unemployed to 4,226,744, and jobs were lost in all fields, except those of agriculture and construction.

Only the Canaries, plus the La Rioja and Castilla-La Mancha regions escaped the job losses.

Women were affected more than men, with female unemployment up 53,908 against August figures, while 41,909 male jobs were lost.

Yet Elena Salgado, the Government’s Minister for Tax and the Economy, still hopes for some improvement before the end of the year.

At a meeting of the EU finance ministers in Luxembourg, Salgado said: “The unemployment numbers for September have been up for several years, and it is true that this data is somewhat worst than last year. But in any case, we will continue with our same plans.”

Mari Luz Rodríguez, Secretary of State for Employment, and Social Security Secretary Octavio Granado, have blamed part of the rise in unemployment on the “tough and intense” cuts made in the regions and town halls in health and education.

And overall, the Government admits that its year-end target for unemployment will not now be met.

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