Majority of the new jobs will only last as long as the holiday season.

31-07-2014Gemma Andreu

Most of the 400,000 new jobs created in the second quarter of this year are temporary, in the tourism sector and mainly for younger workers.
An analysis of the Labour Force Survey by the Foundation for Applied Economic Studies (Fedea) reveals that net employment gains in regions such as Andalusia and the Balearics are almost completely due to tourism demand in summer.
At the other extreme is the Basque Country, the only region where there was a net loss of employment between April and June.
The report points out that, regardless of whether the economy is in a recessionary or growth pattern, there is a tendency towards temporary work, and in Spain as a whole the temporary employment rate is 25%, rising to 35% in southern Spain.
Across regions, the employment rates as a whole vary.
In the Balearics and Madrid they exceed 50%, but are down to around 40% in Extremadura and Andalusia.
Unemployment is currently being reduced among all age groups but it remains high, with youth unemployment at its worst in regions such as Andalusia and Canaries: over 55%. This level and type of unemployment reveals, the report says, the “huge challenge” for economic recovery Moreover, long-term unemployment (defined as out of work for a year or longer) accounts for six or seven of every ten unemployed, and this is a figure which remains “stubbornly stable”.
Indeed, some parts of Spain - e.g. Madrid and the Basque Country - are experiencing increases in the relative weight of long-term unemployment.
Only last week,  the Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, seized on the biggest jump in quarterly employment in a decade as a sign of his government’s success at taking Spain out of recession. Rajoy, who faces national elections this year, presented Spain’s latest employment figures at an event in Madrid and sent out a barrage of tweets praising his government’s management of the economy.

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