In November 177,390 foreign tourists came to the Balearics. This was the highest number for a November since 2008. In that year there were 179,000. Compared with 2016, there was an increase of just over sixteen per cent, which is being taken as some proof of a lengthening of the season, which is being reflected in the employment figures. There was a record number of employees with "fijo discontinuo" contracts actively working in November, while the level of unemployment (compared with November 2016) was down.