Last quarter sees 4,700 more unemployed workers in Catalonia

Unemployment rate maintains stable at 9.3% according to Spain's quarterly labor force survey

Image of a worker in a Collbaix factory in Catalonia
Image of a worker in a Collbaix factory in Catalonia / ACN
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October 27, 2022 09:30 AM

October 27, 2022 02:57 PM

The third quarter of 2022 saw the number of unemployed workers in Catalonia rise by 4,700 to a total of 365,200 people, according to Spain's latest labor force survey published on Thursday morning. 

However, between July and September of this year, with inflation soaring to 9%, Catalonia has created 78,900 more jobs (+2.24%) and 120,500 more employed workers (+3.46%) compared to last year. 

Catalonia has surpassed the third-quarter employment record of 2007 with 3.59 million workers in jobs, and the number of 365,000 people without work stands at a rate of 9.31%

Compared to last year, there are 61,500 fewer unemployed workers.

In the past quarter, employees with temporary contracts dropped from 17.8% to 16.4%, a historic low.

The Catalan labor minister, Roger Torrent, welcomed the news as it "prove that the labor market resists despite the current difficulties we face," he said during a press conference on Thursday.

The leader highlighted the increase in the active population, those who work or are seeking a job. These figures increased up to levels from 2012.

These latest unemployment figures "prove that the labor market is resisting despite the current difficulties we face," Roger Torrent, labor ministry, said