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Unemployment creeps up again
ThinkSpain , Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Unemployment rose by 79,645 in September and has now reached a total of 4,705,279 people out of work,  according to figures released on Monday by the Ministry of Employment and Social Security.

In one year, from September 2011, unemployment has increased by 478,535 people, a 11.32% rise.

By sector, unemployment fell last month in agriculture in 2,633 people (1.61%), in industry in 966 (0.18%) and in construction in 9687 (1.26%), while in the services sector it increased by 85,713 (3.07%).

Unemployment rose in September in fifteen regions, especially in Asturias and Cantabria, with increases of 5.53 and 5.21%, respectively, while it fell in only two regions, Castilla-La Mancha (-3.54 %) and La Rioja (-3.12%).

Within a year unemployment has risen 20.72% in Asturias and 17.38% in Castilla y León.

Besides Asturias and Cantabria, other pronounced increases occurred in Extremadura (3.94%), the Balearic Islands (3.62%),

Castilla y León (3.0%), Andalusia (2.83%), Navarra (2 , 74%), Basque Country (2.51%) and Aragon (2.36%) plus the autonomous city of Melilla, where the number of people out of work rose by 3.28%.

To a lesser extent unemployment rose in Madrid (1.74), Catalonia (1.54), Valencia (1.21), Murcia (0.98), Galicia (0.82), the Canary Islands (0.05) and in the autonomous city of Ceuta, an increase of 1.74%.

Unemployment in the eurozone and in the whole of the European Union (EU) remained stable in August and continues at record highs, said the EU statistics office Eurostat on Monday. The EU agency said that unemployment in the eurozone was 11.4% in August, while in the twenty-seven EU countries it stood at 10.5%, the same as in July.

Spain has the highest unemployment rate across the EU - 25.1% in August.

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