Crisis: Spain, registered jobless break 5 million record

In February, 60,000 more registered on unemployment list

04 March, 11:34

Dozens of people queue up at an Unemployment Office at La Coruna, northwestern Spain Dozens of people queue up at an Unemployment Office at La Coruna, northwestern Spain

(ANSAmed) - ROME - Spain has a record 5 million workers registered as unemployed, the labour ministry said on Monday in the worst result in its historic series. The number of workers recorded on the unemployment list in February exceeded 5 million and were 60,000 more than in January and 328,000 more than in February last year.

According to figures from the national statistics agency, which under Eurostat's European regulations include those actively looking for a job, Spain's jobless are almost 6 million. Under these guidelines, data in 2011 already indicated that over 5 million workers were without a job in Spain. Data provided by the labour ministry instead only considered workers on the unemployment list, ruling out for example those who were looking for a job after or during their studies. In spite of the negative figures, the ministry registered 'a trend' with unemployment growing at a slower rate, which in February was 7% against the 13% growth recorded in May 2012.(ANSAmed).

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