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Spain - Agett calls labour legislation a disgrace as unemployment rises again

05 September 2011

Unemployment was up by +4.06% or up by +161,266 individuals to 4,130,927 in August 2011 when compared with August 2010, according to the latest data published by the Ministry of Employment (Ministerio de Trabajo).

Month-on-month, unemployment was up by +1.21% or up by +51,185 individuals in August 2011 when compared with July 2010.

Mari Luz Rodríguez, Secretary of State for Employment, acknowledged the data as negative but pointed out that in the month of August unemployment in Spain has increased every year over the past eleven-year period. She also so notes that the increase in unemployment in August 2011 was the lowest since August 2006.

The Association of Large Temporary Employment Agencies (Agett), commented "Spain continues to be incapable of getting a grip of the unemployment blood bath. We need a total and absolute reform of the Spanish labour market. It is a disgrace that the current labour legislation does not work in favour of the flexibility of employers and does not incentivize companies to hire people."

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