Spain - Long-term unemployed do not benefit from slight recovery - August 31, 2016

The gradual reduction in the unemployment figures is not translating into any improvement for long-term unemployed: one in four jobless have been out of work for at least 4 years, says a report by the Fedea think tank based on official figures. One of the characteristics of the labour market is the large number of people with short-term contracts (25%): rotation mitigates to some extent the instability created by high levels of unemployment, but does not benefit the long-term jobless. Notwithstanding, high unemployment figures, employers say that it is hard to fill positions that require someone who is highly and recently qualified and holds a degree in finance-economics or engineering. Trade union UGT points out that recruiting experienced people cannot function due to the temporary nature of current contracts.

English: http://elpais.com/elpais/2016/08/08/inenglish …  

http://elpais.com/elpais/2016/08/22/inenglish …

The Fedea report (in Spanish): http://documentos.fedea.net/pubs … 

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