Palma.—A report based on Central Government statistics has revealed that the number of foreign workers in the Balearics has grown by 20 percent in the first half of this year, the highest increase in the country.

The Balearics is followed at distance by the Spanish city of Melilla in North Africa and by Catalonia, where foreign worker numbers grew by 7.3 and 5.8 percent respectively during the same period.

For the country as a whole, the Self-Employed Association said that there has been a 4.8 percent growth in foreign workers from December 2010 (198'932) to 208'478 at the end of June this year. The same sources claim that in the first six months of this year, the Association registered a further 2'433 foreign workers to its ranks.

Those regions showing the least growth in their foreign work force were Murcia (0.4%), the Canary Islands (0.5%), and La Rioja (0.6%). The Association also flags up the statistic that the Balearics is the province of the country which has the highest percentage of foreign workers under its membership, pro rata the total number (17.4 percent).

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