LAST month, there were 33'680 more people registered unemployed in Palma than there were in October in 2008, an increase of 43.44 percent, reported the regional government yesterday.

The number of people without work in Palma also increased in comparison with the previous month of September by 7.48 percent. The capital alone accounts for 41.23 percent of the unemployed in the Balearic Islands and 51.82 percent of Majorca's figures.

During October in Palma, the numbers of jobless grew more amongst the male population than the female. Over 5'700 men lost their jobs compared to just under 4'490 women. The sectors most badly affected by the recession continue to be construction and industry. Unemployment has grown by 95.21 percent in industry, by 49.89 percent in construction and by 38.29 percent in the public services sector.

In terms of the professional sector, those in the armed forces have been particularly badly hit with unemployment rocketing at 300 percent in comparison with the same period last year as part of Defence cuts. Statistics can be misleading as the figures refer to the fact that there were 2 people unemployed in this sector in 2008, whilst there are 8 this year.


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