The services sector has been particularly hard hit.

02-06-2020Teresa Ayuga

In May, unemployment in the Balearics rose 92% compared with May 2019. There were 35,792 more unemployed, and the percentage increase was the highest in the country. The rise from April was much smaller - 2,147 more unemployed (up 2.9%) - but there had already been a notable increase in unemployment in April.

Last month's unemployment total was 74,689, with the services sector particularly affected - 59,310. In construction there were 8,167 unemployed. Among foreign workers, overall unemployment rose 152% compared with last year - a total of 18,940 unemployed.

There were 11,283 employment contracts in May. Of these, 2,284 were permanent; the others were temporary. The total number was up by almost 30% from April (2,590 more contracts), but it was down 83.5% compared with May 2019. There were 137,418 benefits claims last month, when the number of benefits' claimants increased to 162,435.

In Spain as a whole, the rise in unemployment was 0.7% (compared with April) - 26,573 more unemployed. The national unemployment total was 3,857,776.

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S.Varch / Hace about 1 year

Are they still demonstrating "tourists go home, refugees welcome" in Palma ?

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Ritzi / Hace about 1 year

We love Zoning and arrogant wealth taxes and taxing worldwide income and assets of people who live more than 183 days in Spain. Bully our main industry. Brilliant. And now what?

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