Spain jobless above 4m for first time in five years

4 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

MADRID: The number of people in Spain registered as unemployed surpassed four million for the first time in five years in February, government figures showed Tuesday, as pandemic restrictions hit the country's tourism-dependent economy.

Jobless claims rose by nearly 45,000 last month over last month to hit 4,008,789, the labour ministry said, the fifth consecutive monthly increase, reports AFP.

The rise is due to the impact of "severe restrictions imposed to combat the third wave of the pandemic," the ministry said in a statement.

The last time the number of jobless in Spain rose above four million was in April 2016.

Spain's regional governments, which are responsible for health, have imposed various measures to try to curb the spread of the coronavirus, including shutting down bars and restaurants and nightly curfews which have hit the hospitality sector hard.


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