New counting system sees jobless fall by 4pc

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2 June 2005, MADRID — The number of people out of work fell by 88,552 in May - down by 4.2 percent from the month before - thanks to a new counting system.

2 June 2005

MADRID — The number of people out of work fell by 88,552 in May - down by 4.2 percent from the month before - thanks to a new counting system.

Spain now has a total of 2,007,393 claiming unemployment benefits.

The number of people who are registered with the social services rose to 212,172 – a new record – due to the government's immigration amnesty which came to an end on 7 May.

The three-month amnesty brought 88,979 new people on to the books of the social services.

The figures for unemployment are the first using a new system for counting the jobless total.

It means Madrid and the regions can compare the figures, whereas before they used different systems.

Employment and social affairs minister, Jesus Caldera, said if the earlier system had been used, the number of people out of work would have fallen by 61,000 – or 3.7 percent.

The government's amnesty allowed immigrants with work contracts and proof they had been in the country for six months to claim legal status.

The aim of the programme had been to get bring people out of the black economy and get them to pay social security contributions.

In total, 690,679 people signed up for legal status and must pay social security.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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