IN January this year, the number of legally employed non-Spanish nationals in the Balearics stood at 57'091 Central Government reported yesterday.
The ministry for Employment and Immigration confirmed that this figure is 1'920 less than those in work at the end of last year, a downturn of 3.26 percent.
Of the total of 57'091, 32'212 come from European Union countries, and the remaining 24'879 from outside the EU.
Within the non-EU total, 5'087 legally employed workers are Moroccan and 4'847 are from Ecuador. Argentina is the third largest group of non-EU workers, ahead of Colombia with 3'518.
Other countries with registered workers in the Balearics include Bolivia (1'870); China (1'679); Uruguay (1'384); Peru (894); Chile (867) and Brazil (764).
Looking purely at the 27 countries belonging to the European Union with legally employed workers in the Balearics, the Germans, the British and the Italians are the most numerous with 7'358; 3'693 and 3'588 respectively.
There are more Romanians (2'513) and Bulgarians (2'113) than there are French (1'440). Across Spain as a whole however, the number of legally employed foreign workers is declining. The ministry for Employment said that at the end of January, there were 1'806'873 people paying into Social Security.
Within just one month, 41'174 had given up, a downturn of -2.2 percent.
January is the sixth consecutive month where the number of legally employed workers in Spain has declined. Of the total number of foreign workers now employed in Spain 656'821 are from European Union countries and 1'150'053 come from elsewhere. Morocco with 219'787 and Ecuador with 178'447 are the nationalities with the largest groups in the non-EU foreign workforce.