Palma de Majorca.—The parlaimentary spokesperson for the Balearic Socialist Party, former President of the Council of Majorca, Francina Armengol, yesterday challenged the Balearic President, Jose Ramon Bauzam, to explain to parliament today exactly what his government is doing about tackling the unemployment crisis.

Last month, the Balearics posted the highest increase in people out of work in Spain.

97 '320 out of work
The total number of people registered as out of work stood at 97'320, but the unions are adamant that the true figure is much higher because large numbers of people have either lost their entitlement to benefit or have signed off , deciding to go it alone in search of work.

Last month, 10'396 people lost their jobs, that was a 12 percent increase in comparison to October, when the number of people out of work rose by 14 percent as the tourist season came to an abrupt close.

November marked the third consecutive month when unemployment has risen in the region, a disappointing trend after jobless figures consistently fell between January and August of this year.

Compared to last year, the year-on-year unemployment figures have increased by nearly six percent and, considering that Spain has the highest rate of unemployment in the Euro zone, more that double the EU average, if the Balearics has one of the highest rates in Spain, the situation is very serious indeed.

Explain
And, it is what the new government intends to do about this crisis that the Socialists are going to want Bauza to explain in parliament today.

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