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The number of self-employed workers reporting a cessation of activity has increased faster in the first seven months of 2012 than those registering for the first time to the Special Social Security Scheme for the Self-Employed (RETA), according to the Spanish Federaion of Self Employed workers (Federación Autónomos, ATA).
The number of self-employed workers reporting a cessation of activity has also increased by +10.8%, compared with the same period last year. By contrast, the number of self-employed workers registering to the RETA has only increased by +7.4%, compared with the same period last year.
Extremadura recorded the largest increase in self-employed workers reporting a cessation of activity (+22.2%); followed by Castilla la Mancha (+16%), Andalusia (+15.5%), Asturias (+13.4%), Madrid (+12.4%), Cantabria (+12.4%) and Valencia (+11.4%), Catalonia (+10.4%), Canarias (+ 8.4% lower), Aragon (+6.4% lower), the Basque Country (+6.1%), Navarra (+5.5%), La Rioja (+5.3%), Balearic Islands (+4.4%) and Galicia (+3.1%), and finally Murcia (+2%).
On the over hand, Extremadura was also the region that saw the most new registration to the RETA (+18.7%), followed by Murcia (+12.3%), Castilla la Mancha (+11.9%) and Cantabria (+11.2%), Andalusia (+9%), La Rioja (+9%), Castilla y León (+8.4% higher), Catalonia (+ 8%), and Balearic Islands (+7.9%). Only the region to record a decrease was the city of Melilla (-9.3%), compared with the first seven months of 2011.
The ATA president Lorenzo Amor believes that "not only should we support those entrepreneurs,who start a business, but also we should be able to help them staying in business. We are pleased that every day 1707 brave new entrepreneurs are enlisted as freelancers, but the economy we cannot afford that 1757 are going out of business on a daily basis".
Finally, the ATA suggested yesterday that self-employed workers forced to go out of business should also be eligible for the extra 400 Euros the Government recently granted to the unemployed: "entrepreneurs and self-employed need more protection when they are forced to close their business".
To read the release in Spanish Language, click here.