The number of employed rose by 65,100 persons over the previous quarter to 17.57 million. There were more people employed in agriculture (+62,800 persons), industry (+11,700) and construction (+7,800). In contrast, employment fell in the services sector (-17,200). The private sector added 63,100 new jobs while public employment gained 2,000.
The number of unemployed rose by 30,100 persons to 5.46 million. Among regions, Valencia (-44,700), Andalucía (-23,300) and Canarias (-20,100) recorded the biggest drop in unemployment while Catalonia (+30,500), Madrid (+28,800) and Basque Country (+19,000) showed the biggest increases.
Considering full 2014, the number of unemployed decreased for the second consecutive year.