Spain - Unemployment decreases – new jobs are precarious - January 31, 2017

Unemployment diminished sharply in 2016, dropping by 9.5 percent. The labour ministry said 3.7 million people were registered as out of work in 2016, nearly 400,000 fewer than in 2015, the biggest-ever yearly reduction. However, trade union UGT revealed that many of those moving out of the jobless queue had only been able to find employment with precarious working conditions. In December 2016, just four out of every 100 contracts signed were long-term and full-time, it said in a statement. The conservative government has come under fire for the unstable and temporary nature of many new contracts and the increase of economic and social inequalities.


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