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Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Unemployment in Spain surpasses 20 per cent

Unemployment in Spain has slightly surpassed 20 per cent, with 4,612,700 out of work at end-March, an increase of 286,200 over the quarter. President Zapatero is predicting that the rate of unemployment will drop slightly in coming months, but providing absolutely no justification for this sentiment except his 'conviction'.

It is interesting that these statistics were published early (they should have come out next Friday) when they erroneously appeared, if only briefly, in the website of the national statistics agency (Instituto Nacional de Estadística - INE). One wonders if the published statistics would have been absolutely the same had the scheduled timetable been adhered to; obviously the early publication is embarrassing both from a technical point of view, but also because of the content, necessitating a statement by President Zapatero before Parliament.

Sources: El Pais (in Spanish), Think Spain (in English).

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