- Title: SPAIN-: Spain's August jobless numbers increase by 0.83 percent to 4.63 million
- Date: 4th September 2012
- Summary: VARIOUS OF PEOPLE IN QUEUE
- Embargoed: 19th September 2012 13:00
- Location: Spain
- Country: Spain
- Topics: Employment,Domestic Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA6O6X7XEPW8DHGWAT7FGPS1P8R
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- Story Text: Spain's jobless rate increased by 0.83 percent in August from a month earlier, or by 38,179 people, leaving 4.63 million people out of work, data from the labour ministry showed on Tuesday (September 4).
The data breaks with four previous months of declining jobless figures, with higher unemployment registered in the construction, industry and service sectors, while falling in agriculture.
In Santa Eugenia, a working class neighbourhood of Madrid, people from all backgrounds joined the queue to register as unemployed and get monthly subsidies.
Eduardo Meilan, 30, finished his studies in 2009. He worked as a physicist in the medical sector. He has been out of work since May but worked in August.
He said a good diploma will not automatically lead to a career or a job anymore.
"Basically there is no work. These days a lot of people have diplomas, they studied in university, higher studies too, but it doesn't serve... it doesn't open any door. It could be that it doesn't shut any door for you, but it's not like before when if you studied you had a career," Meilan said.
Meilan said he has now applied to work in the United Kingdom and in Canada.
Antonia Rovera worked as a cleaner. She has been unemployed for nearly two years after being the victim of a redundancy plan in her company. She said there is just no work.
"Today there is nothing nowhere, you can't find work anywhere. So you just have to wait, let's see how it goes," Rovera said.
Victor Rodriguez is one of the lucky ones. He still has a job even though the company he worked for reduced the working hours and salaries for most employees. He is working 4 hours less each week, with a pay cut.
"Thank God, I still have some kind of salary, so at the end of the month I still have a paycheck that most of the people here don't have so it's ok," he said.
August is traditionally a bad month for employment in Spain as businesses prepare for the end of the tourism season.
Monthly jobless data records the number of Spaniards registered as out of work, while the unemployment rate, which hit a record high of 24.6 percent in the second quarter, is an official survey and considered a more reliable gauge of the jobs market.
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