Unemployment falls for first time in four months

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3 March 2006, MADRID — The number of people out of work fell last month by 2,226 – the first dip since September.

3 March 2006

MADRID — The number of people out of work fell last month by 2,226 – the first dip since September.

The Labour and Social Affairs Ministry said the number of people registered unemployed in February was now 2.17 million.

However, compared with the February 2005, the number of jobless people was actually up by 3,857 or a rise of 0.18 percent.

The number of women without a job also went up, but fell for male workers, the ministry said.

The female unemployment rate in Spain is almost double that of the rate for men.

The European Union has urged Spain to improve access for women to the employment market.

Strong economic growth has buoyed the labour market but this is expected to slowdown in 2006 to 3.3 percent with an accompanying deceleration of job creation.

Jesús Caldera, employment minister, said there had been a record number of permanent work contracts signed in February.

Spain suffers from the highest rate of temporary employment in Europe at over 30 percent.

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Subject: Spanish news 

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