Spain: in March 59,000 fewer unemployed, after reopening

But 400.000 more than at start of pandemic

06 April, 12:30

    (ANSAmed) - MADRID, 06 APR - The number of unemployed people in Spain dropped by 59,000 in March, according to data from the country's labour ministry.

    That brings the total number of unemployed back to under four million, a threshold that was surpassed in March for the first time since 2016.

    The decrease is the result of the loosening of health restrictions after the third Covid wave, said a statement from the ministry, with the service sector especially benefiting.

    Spanish media reported that the new figures also shine light on a more global effect of the pandemic: there are 400,000 more unemployed people in Spain now than there were in February 2020, and 743,000 more people are receiving unemployment benefits.


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