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Spain — Huge North South divide on long-term unemployment

30 October 2009

According to the Association of Larger Temporary Employment Agencies (Agett), long-term unemployment in Spain has reached 5.29% in the third quarter of 2009, double the percentage of last year and a 210% increase on Q3 2007.

Spain therefore has more than 1.2 million people who have been unemployed for more than one year out of a total unemployment figure of 4.12 million.

Agett says in a statement "this shows how bad the situation is in Spain. It used to be difficult to find a job in the short-term. Now it is a medium and a long-term problem."

In general, unemployment in the South of the country is much higher than in the North, which is closer to the heart of Europe. With 9%, the Canary Islands, which are actually located on the North-western coast of Africa, have the worst long-term unemployment rate in Spain.

Navarra, which borders France in the very North of Spain, has the lowest long-term unemployment rate with 2%.



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