Spain Real Time Data Charts

Edward Hugh is only able to update this blog from time to time, but he does run a lively Twitter account with plenty of Spain related comment. He also maintains a collection of constantly updated Spain charts with short updates on a Storify dedicated page Spain's Economic Recovery - Glass Half Full or Glass Half Empty?

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Spain's Unemployment Continues To Rise

Spain's EU harmonised seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate (which is the interesting number) rose again in July, according to the latest data from Eurostat. It rose to 20.3% from 20.2% in June.

So despite a double digit fiscal deficit, Spain has not yet succeeded in putting a brake on the upward drift in the headline unemployment number.

And the number of those officially working continues to decline, according to the data on those paying insurance contributions from the Social Security Ministry.

Clearly having broken the 20% barrier the number looks like heading up even further in the second half of the year, although quite how far up is hard to say, since my feeling is that some of the increase in unemployment is now being offset by the silent march of feet, heading for the door, and looking for employment abroad.

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