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The Association of Large Temporary Employment Agencies (Agett) predicts that unemployment in the country will rise further due to the economic crisis.
The latest report published by Agett entitled 'Avance del Mercado Laboral' (Developments in the Labour Market) predicts that in the fourth quarter of this year a further 190,000 jobs will be lost in Spain.
The Association says in a statement "just in December and January we are going to lose another 250,000 jobs, which is more than in the whole last quarter of 2009. However, this is still a 100,000 job losses less than in the same period last year."
The unemployment rate in the last quarter of 2009 will be at 19% even if the active population of Spain will fall by -0.5%.
Agett says that "the only reason why the unemployment rate was stable at 17.9% in the third quarter of 2009 was the negative growth in the number of people looking for jobs."
"Many people categorised as foreigners, men, people between the ages of 25 and 34, construction workers and industrial workers have stopped looking for jobs in the third quarter of 2009 [which is why they don't appear in the official statistics]."
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