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Unemployment in Catalonia falls by over 1,000 people in July

Total number of jobseekers now stands at 370,000


02 August 2018 11:31 AM


ACN | Barcelona

Employment figures have risen again in Catalonia. The number of people registered as out of work in July fell by 1,068, bringing the total to 369,124. This has been the biggest drop in registered jobseekers over the last six months.

The summer season has a large part to play in this fall, with recruitment going on to meet demands in the tourist sector. With these figures, the  country has reached unemployment levels unseen since ten years ago, in September 2008.

Despite this, July’s decline in people registered without a job has been the least intense for this month since 2012.

Six months of falling unemployment

Unemployment in Catalonia, however, has seen six months of decreases in relation to the previous month since February this year.

July is one of the months of the year that traditionally has a rise in the number of people in employment thanks to jobs related to the summer tourist  season and the sales.

This is the ninth consecutive July in Catalonia in which there has been a drop in registered people out of work.

Active industrial sector

The Catalan industrial sector continues to be very active in the creation of jobs. This has allowed a decrease of 349 jobless people, with six months of consecutive drops.

Unemployment increases in Barcelona area

In the Barcelona area, figures bucked the trend seen in Catalonia as a whole. The number of people registered in Catalonia’s Employment Service (SOC) in July stood at 276,944 people. This means there are 177 more unemployed people than the same period last year, 0.06% more. Unemployment in Barcelona for July had not increased since back in 2012.


  • A woman being served at an unemployment office in Barcelona (ACN archive)

  • A woman being served at an unemployment office in Barcelona (ACN archive)