Unemployment rises for second month running

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5 October 2004, MADRID- The number of people out of work rose by 1.2 percent last month, according to figures released Tuesday by the Employment Ministry.

5 October 2004

MADRID- The number of people out of work rose by 1.2 percent last month, according to figures released Tuesday by the Employment Ministry.

There were 20,023 more people out of work last month –bringing the number of jobless to 1,618, 415.

It is the second month running that the unemployment rate rose month-on-month.

In August, 13,217 more people were registered as out of work.

However, analysts said it was the lowest rise during the month of September since 2001.

And they added that the increase of just over 20,000 unemployed in September  was almost  half the figure for the same month last year, when 38,633 more people were looking for work.

Analysts also said that year-on-year, the number of jobless had risen by 0.66 percent between September this year and the same period last year – with 10,568 more people out work.

The major rises in unemployment were seen in two sectors.

One was the service sector, where 2.67 percent more people were out of work (24,416) and the other was the long-term unemployed, whose numbers rose by 3.3 percent (7,023).

But the biggest areas of rising employment were seen in the building sector, where 8,103 got work, heavy industry (3.108) and agriculture (205).

Almost all the people to register as unemployed in September people were women, apart from 153 men.

The highest rises in unemployment were seen in Andalusia, with 8,327 more people out of work and Castilla y Leon with 3,320 unemployed.

But unemployment levels fell in the Canary Islands (2,418 less), Valencia (1,729) and the Basque Country (593).

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