UNEMPLOYMENT doubled in Palma in January this year in comparison with the same month in 2008, with a total of 29'005 out of work - a rise of 52.2 percent.

But the Balearic capital was not the only municipality on Majorca with soaring increases in numbers of jobless. Figures for those who have no work are rising in all towns and villages of the island, and are particularly noticeable in the central Raiguer district and in tourist areas around the coast.

Important commercial activity in Inca and Manacor has been affected by the rise in unemployment. Last year in January, there were 1'617 without work but the same month this year, 2'670 are now jobless - an increase of 65.12 percent. In Manacor, the situation isn't much better - last year's 1'978 unemployed has risen by 55.81 percent to reach 3'082 in January this year. Other muncipalities which have suffered are those where there is generally plenty of activity in summer but where winter sees a steep downturn. Campos has seen a 70.06 percent rise in the number of jobless between January last year and the same month in 2009; Ses Salines (75.25 percent), Valldemossa (47.15 percent).


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