The number of people registered as unemployed in Spain decreased by 34.579 thousand from a month earlier to 3.164 in December 2019, the lowest level for a December month since 2008. By sector, unemployment declined in services (-41.687 thousand) and agriculture (-6.640 thousand), but it went up in industry (+6.350 thousand) and construction (18.282 thousand). By regions, main decreases were seen in Andalucía (-16.681 thousand), Madrid (-3.799 thousand), Comunidad Valenciana (-2.943 thousand) while rises were reported mostly in Navarra (782 thousand) and La Rioja (454 thousand). Unemployment went down by 18.892 thousand for people under 25 years and by 15.687 thousand for those aged more than 25.

Unemployment Change in Spain averaged 4.26 Thousand from 1960 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 461.01 Thousand in January of 2001 and a record low of -129.30 Thousand in April of 2017. This page provides the latest reported value for - Spain Unemployment Change - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. source: Ministerio de Empleo y Seguridad Social

Unemployment Change in Spain is expected to be -29.00 Thousand by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Unemployment Change in Spain to stand at -32.10 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the Spain Unemployment Change is projected to trend around -36.00 Thousand in 2020, according to our econometric models.


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Spain Unemployment Change

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
-34.60 20.50 461.01 -129.30 1960 - 2019 Thousand Monthly
Volumes, NSA

Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2019-10-02 07:00 AM Sep 13.9K 54.4K 32K
2019-11-05 08:00 AM Oct 97.95K 13.9K 62K
2019-12-03 08:00 AM Nov 20.5K 97.95K -4K
2020-01-03 08:00 AM Dec -34.6K 20.5K -45.5K
2020-02-04 08:00 AM Jan -34.6K


News Stream
2019-12-03
Spain Registered Unemployment Rises
The number of people registered as unemployed in Spain rose by 20.525 thousand from a month earlier to 3.198 million in November 2019, still the lowest figure for a November month since 2008. By sector, unemployment went up in services (+23.934 thousand) and construction (+1.738 thousand), but was down in agriculture (-1.715 thousand) and industry (-607). By regions, main increases were seen in Illes Balears (+11.557 thousand) and Andalucía (+7.501 thousand) while declines were seen in Comunidad Valenciana (-3.807 thousand), Madrid (-2.855 thousand), País Vasco (-1.564 thousand) , and Castilla-La Mancha (-1.228 thousand). Unemployment advanced by 21.229 thousand for those aged more than 25, but fell by 704 for those under 25.

2019-11-05
Spain Registered Unemployment Rises
The number of people registered as unemployed in Spain rose by 97.948 thousand from a month earlier to 3.178 million in October 2019. Still the total number was the lowest for an October month since 2008. By sector, unemployment went up in services (+71.918 thousand), industry (+5.851 thousand) and agriculture (+16.072 thousand). By regions, main gains were seen in Andalucía (+23.759 thousand) and Cataluña (+14.644 thousand) while declines were seen in Comunidad Valenciana (-542). Unemployment advanced by 17.851 thousand for those under 25 years old and by 80.097 thousand for those aged more than 25.

2019-10-02
Spain Unemployment Rises for 2nd Month
The number of people registered as unemployed in Spain rose by 13.9 thousand from a month earlier, or 0.45 percent, to 3.08 million in September 2019, the lowest figure for a September month since 2008. By sector, the unemployment went up in services (+24.4 thousand) but fell in industry (-2.5 thousand); construction (-7.6 thousand) and agriculture (-9.6 thousand). By regions, main gains were seen in Andalucía (+4.9 thousand) and Extremadura (+4.0 thousand) while declines were seen in País Vasco (-2.4 thousand), Castilla–La Mancha (-2.2 thousand) and La Rioja (-932). Unemployment advanced by 22.7 thousand for those under 25 years old and by 8.8 thousand for those aged more than 25.

2019-09-03
Spain Jobless Rises by 54.4K in August
The number of people registered as unemployed in Spain rose by 54.4 thousand, or 1.81 percent, to 3.06 million in August 2019. It was the first increase in the number of registered jobless after five months of declines. By sector, the unemployment went up in industry (+7.8 thousand), construction (+11.4 thousand), services (45.7 thousand); while fell in agriculture (-6.7 thousand) and among those without previous employment (-3,8 thousand). By regions, main gains were seen in Comunidad Valenciana (+13.1 thousand), Catalonia (+12.6 thousand) and Madrid (+7.2 thousand). Unemployment advanced by 6.2 thousand for those under 25 years old and by 48.2 thousand for those aged more than 25.

2019-08-02
Spain Unemployment Falls Less than Expected
The number of people registered as unemployed in Spain went down by 4,253 from a month earlier, or 0.14 percent, to 3.011 million in July 2019, the lowest level since November 2008. It compares with market expectations of a 21,400 decline. The number of unemployed fell in industry (-3,528) and among those without previous employment (-5,599) while rose in agriculture (1,646), construction (1,697) and services (1,531). Among regions, decreases were seen in 8 autonomous regions, mainly in Andalusia (-5,100), Galicia (-4,328) and Asturias (-2,160). By genders, unemployment fell by 1,569 to 1.22 million for men and by 2,684 to 1.79 million for women. Meantime, it shrank by 4,714 for people under 25 years old but rose by 461 for those aged more than 25. Year-on-year, registered unemployment fell by 123,588, or 3.94 percent.

2019-07-02
Spain Jobless Falls by 63.8K in June
The number of people registered as unemployed in Spain dropped by 63.8 thousand, or 4.63 percent, to 3.016 million in June 2019, the lowest level since November 2008. It compares with market expectations of a 90 thousand decline. By sector, unemployment fell in: without previous job (-8 thousand), industry (-5.8 thousand), construction (-4 thousand) and services (-51.8 thousand); while rose in agriculture and fishery (+5.8 thousand). By regions, main declines were recorded in Catalonia (-13.8 thousand), Castilla y León (-7.2 thousand) and Madrid (-6.5 thousand). Unemployment went down by 16 thousand for those under 25 years old and by 47.8 thousand for those aged more than 25.


Spain Unemployment Change
Unemployment Change in Spain measures the change in the number of unemployed compared to the previous month.

Spain Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 13.92 14.02 26.94 4.41 percent [+]
Employed Persons 19874.30 19804.90 20510.60 10949.20 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 3163.61 3198.18 5040.22 79.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployment Change -34.60 20.50 461.01 -129.30 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment 2789.20 2951.50 2951.50 572.70 Thousand [+]
Full Time Employment 17085.10 16853.40 18488.00 11007.60 Thousand [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 5.20 5.40 13.60 1.50 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 32.10 32.80 55.90 17.20 percent [+]
Productivity 113.90 105.90 113.90 85.70 points [+]
Labour Costs 104.80 100.40 105.90 66.70 points [+]
Job Vacancies 32.34 46.97 541.53 19.61 Thousand [+]
Wages 1876.95 1992.18 2039.01 1264.36 EUR/Month [+]
Minimum Wages 1050.00 1050.00 1050.00 485.71 EUR/Month [+]
Population 46.66 46.53 46.82 30.33 Million [+]
Retirement Age Women 65.67 65.50 65.67 65.00 [+]
Retirement Age Men 65.67 65.50 65.67 65.00 [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 58.72 58.74 60.55 48.88 percent [+]
Living Wage Family 1150.00 1120.00 1150.00 1060.00 EUR/Month [+]
Living Wage Individual 855.00 820.00 855.00 770.00 EUR/Month [+]
Wages High Skilled 1990.00 1990.00 2120.00 1990.00 EUR/Month [+]
Wages Low Skilled 932.00 894.00 1150.00 894.00 EUR/Month [+]
Wage Growth 5.34 4.71 9.03 -7.18 percent [+]
Employment Change 0.10 0.30 1.60 -2.80 percent [+]
Employment Rate 64.54 64.49 67.18 54.91 percent [+]