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Spain: Unemployment Rate in Tourism Sector at 10.1%, 2pp Below Pre-Pandemic Levels

The latest data published by Turespaña, Spain’s national tourism authority, indicates that, according to the Labor Force Survey (EPA), the unemployment rate in the country’s tourism sector in the last quarter of 2021 was 10.1 percent compared to the last quarter of 2021. 12.1 percent In the same quarter of 2019.

In a press release issued on February 17, Torrespana revealed that Social Security membership in January increased for the eighth consecutive month with 232,614 new employees in the country.

Industry, Trade and Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto said the Spanish government is developing a strategy to transform and modernize the tourism model, which is providing back-to-back support with EU funds for recovery, reports.

“In the context of uncertainty for the tourism sector, such as that caused by the Omicron variant, the data show that both the protective shield that the government has deployed to protect businesses and workers and the health management of the pandemic have allowed us to maintain as well as generate new jobs in a key sector of our economy.”

The latest data from the Labor Force Survey (EPA) also revealed that with regard to tourism activities, the number of employees reached 2,458,824 people in the last quarter of the year, which means an increase from year to year by 12.2 percent and 266,629 employees are more. than in the same quarter last year.

The number of workers in the tourism sector and the self-employed increased at the end of last year, in the economy as the total employment increased by about 841 thousand workers, of whom 31.7 percent were in tourism-related fields.

Social Security recorded about 2,239,014 employees, an increase of 11.6 percent compared to the same month in 2021, thus representing 11.5 percent of the affiliates in the national economy.

According to the data provided by the country’s Social Security, an increase of more than 29,320 jobs was recorded in November, and the figures also show that 100,000 additional workers were registered compared to the February 2020 figures.

Thus, a total of 2,290,099 workers were registered abroad in Spain in November, representing an 11.58 percent increase in the total number of subsidiaries.

Including branches such as transportation and car rental or creative, artistic and leisure activities increased by 61,486 new registrations, but in travel agencies, there was a decrease of 280 employees.

“By branch of activity, there was an increase of 171,408 in the hotel and restaurant sector (145,030 in food and beverage services and 26,378 in accommodation services),” the statement read.

These data show that Andalusia, the Valencian Community, Catalonia, the Community of Madrid and the Canary Islands are the most autonomous communities with significant increases in employment in the hotel, restaurant and travel agency sector.

Moreover, in the past 12 months, the number of foreigners working in various jobs in Spain increased by 9.20 percent.

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