STAFF REPORTER
PALMA

THE Balearic government is going to pump over 50 million euros of state aid into job creation policies and the battle against unemployment.
Yesterday's announcement coincided with the release of the results of a survey which reveals that the primary concern of young people in the Balearics is finding a job and the continuing rise in unemployment.

However, the Balearic Minister for Employment, Joan Barcelo, announced that following a series of meetings with the Minister for Employment and Immigration in Madrid, central government is going to be making extra funds available to help stimulate the employment sector.

Barcelo said that 26 million euros is going to spent on creating new jobs with the rest being invested in a wide series of training programmes to help get people back into work.

There are over 90'000 people out of work in the Balearics and the figure is expected to rise further between now and Easter when the tourist industry will begin to show signs of returning to life.

Spain currently has one of the highest rates of unemployment in the European Union.

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