Spain Unemployment Rate  1976-2018 | Data | Chart | Calendar | Forecast

The unemployment rate in Spain increased to 16.74 percent in the first three months of 2018 from a 16.55 percent in the previous period and above market expectations of 16.20 percent. Among regions, Extremadura (25.94 percent), Andalucía (24.74 percent) and Castilla-La Mancha (20.68 percent) recorded the highest jobless rates while Navarra (10.54 percent), País Vasco (10.76 percent) and La Rioja (11.03 percent) the lowest. In Catalonia, the unemployment rate was 12.19 percent and in Madrid 13.40 percent. Unemployment Rate in Spain averaged 16.56 percent from 1976 until 2018, reaching an all time high of 26.94 percent in the first quarter of 2013 and a record low of 4.41 percent in the third quarter of 1976.

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Spain Jobless Rate Rises to 16.74% in Q1


The unemployment rate in Spain increased to 16.74 percent in the first three months of 2018 from a 16.55 percent in the previous period and above market expectations of 16.20 percent. Among regions, Extremadura (25.94 percent), Andalucía (24.74 percent) and Castilla-La Mancha (20.68 percent) recorded the highest jobless rates while Navarra (10.54 percent), País Vasco (10.76 percent) and La Rioja (11.03 percent) the lowest. In Catalonia, the unemployment rate was 12.19 percent and in Madrid 13.40 percent.

Considering the whole country, the number of jobless people went up by 29.4 thousand to 3.796 million. The biggest rises in unemployment were in Illes Balears (+28.0 thousand), Andalucía (+15.1 thousand) and Murcia (+9.1 thousand) while decreases were seen mainly in Catalonia (-20.6 thousand), Canarias (-18.0 thousand) and Madrid (-10.3 thousand).

The number of employed dropped by 124.1 thousand to 18.874 million. Job losses were seen in services (-110.5 thousand) and industry (-34.9 thousand). On the other hand, jobs increased in agriculture (+13.1 thousand) and construction (+8.2 thousand). By region, the largest declines were observed in Valencia (-38.2 thousand, Illes Balears (-31.6 thousand) and Castilla La-Mancha (-21.9 thousand) while the largest gains were seen in Madrid (+21.9 thousand), and Canarias (+7.6 thousand). Employment fell by 155.2 thousand to 15.764 million in the private sector but edged up by 31.0 thousand to 3.106 million in the public. 

The number of active people went down by 94.7 thousand to 22.670 million, bringing the labour force participation rate down to 58.46 percent.


INE | Stefanie Moya | stefanie.moya@tradingeconomics.com
4/26/2018 8:10:57 AM



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2017-10-26 07:00 AM Unemployment Rate 16.38% 17.22% 16.8%
2018-01-25 08:00 AM Unemployment Rate 16.55% 16.39% 16.15% 15.9%
2018-04-26 07:00 AM Unemployment Rate 16.74% 16.55% 16.2% 16.4%
2018-07-26 07:00 AM Unemployment Rate 16.74% 15.8% 15.6%
2018-10-25 07:00 AM Unemployment Rate 15.4%


Spain Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 16.74 16.55 26.94 4.41 percent [+]
Employed Persons 18874.20 18998.40 20510.60 10949.20 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 3285.09 3300.96 4889.46 468.29 Thousand [+]
Unemployment Change -89.97 -83.70 461.01 -129.30 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment 2814.30 2805.40 2874.30 572.70 Thousand [+]
Full Time Employment 16059.90 16193.00 18488.00 11007.60 Thousand [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 7.00 7.10 13.60 1.50 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 33.80 34.30 55.90 17.20 percent [+]
Productivity 103.70 110.40 112.80 85.70 Index Points [+]
Labour Costs 105.10 96.60 105.70 66.70 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 61.50 59.81 541.53 19.61 Thousand [+]
Wages 1844.24 2020.14 2026.14 1264.36 EUR/Month [+]
Minimum Wages 858.55 825.65 858.55 485.71 EUR/Month [+]
Population 46.66 46.53 46.82 30.33 Million [+]
Retirement Age Women 65.50 65.42 65.50 65.00 [+]
Retirement Age Men 65.50 65.42 65.50 65.00 [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 58.46 58.80 60.55 48.88 percent [+]
Living Wage Family 1100.00 1080.00 1100.00 1080.00 EUR/Month [+]
Living Wage Individual 810.00 770.00 810.00 725.00 EUR/Month [+]
Wages High Skilled 1980.00 1950.00 2100.00 1950.00 EUR/Month [+]
Wages Low Skilled 927.00 908.00 968.00 908.00 EUR/Month [+]
Employment Change 0.40 0.40 1.80 -2.30 percent [+]
Employment Rate 62.07 62.57 67.18 54.91 percent [+]


Spain Unemployment Rate

In Spain, the unemployment rate measures the number of people actively looking for a job as a percentage of the labour force. This page provides the latest reported value for - Spain Unemployment Rate - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. Spain Unemployment Rate - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on July of 2018.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
16.74 16.55 26.94 4.41 1976 - 2018 percent Quarterly




unemployment rate by Country
Country Last
Spain 16.74 Mar/18
Brazil 12.70 May/18
Italy 10.70 May/18
Turkey 9.60 Apr/18
France 9.20 Mar/18
Euro Area 8.40 May/18
Canada 6.00 Jun/18
Australia 5.40 Jun/18
Indonesia 5.13 Mar/18
Russia 4.70 Jun/18
United Kingdom 4.20 May/18
United States 4.00 Jun/18
Netherlands 3.90 Jun/18
China 3.89 Mar/18
South Korea 3.70 Jun/18
India 3.52 Dec/17
Germany 3.40 May/18
Mexico 3.20 May/18
Switzerland 2.40 Jun/18
Japan 2.20 May/18


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