Spain Unemployment Rate 1976-2015 | Data | Chart | Calendar | Forecast

Unemployment Rate in Spain decreased to 22.37 percent in the second quarter of 2015 from 23.78 percent in the first quarter of 2015, as employment grew the fastest in 10 years. It was the lowest figure since the third quarter of 2011. Unemployment Rate in Spain averaged 16.40 percent from 1976 until 2015, reaching an all time high of 26.94 percent in the first quarter of 2013 and a record low of 4.41 percent in the third quarter of 1976. Unemployment Rate in Spain is reported by the National Statistics Institute (INE).

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Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
22.37 23.78 26.94 4.41 1976 - 2015 percent Quarterly
In Spain, the unemployment rate measures the number of people actively looking for a job as a percentage of the labour force. This page provides the latest reported value for - Spain Unemployment Rate - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. Content for - Spain Unemployment Rate - was last refreshed on Tuesday, July 28, 2015.

Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2015-01-22 08:00 AM Q4 23.7% 23.67% 23.5% 23.5%
2015-04-23 08:00 AM Q1 23.78% 23.7% 23.6% 23.1%
2015-07-23 08:00 AM Q2 22.37% 23.78% 23.1% 23.5%
2015-10-22 08:00 AM Q3 22.37% 21.51%


Spanish Unemployment Rate Falls More Than Expected in Q2


The jobless rate in Spain decreased to 22.37 percent in the second quarter of 2015 from 23.78 percent in the previous period as employment grew the most since the second quarter of 2005 and unemployment fell sharply.

Quarter-on-quarter, employment went up by 411,800 persons to 17.87 million persons from 17.45 million persons in the previous quarter, as private employment increased by 412,200 while public employment was flat. Among sectors, services (+291,700), industry (+64,800), construction (+32,300) and agriculture (+23,000) added jobs to the economy. By region, the largest increases in the quarter were reported in Andalucía (+124,700 more), Illes Balears (+69,900) and Catalonia (+51,800). While in Basque Country (-5,700) and Asturias (-3,300) employment fell.

Unemployment decreased by 295,600 persons to 5.15 million persons in the three months to June from 5.44 million persons in the previous period. Andalucia recorded the highest decrease (-98,700 persons), followed by Catalonia (-31,900 persons) and Comunitat Valenciana (-30,400 persons) while in Asturias unemployment rose by 5,800 people.

The number of active population went up by 116,100 persons to 23.02 million persons and the labor force participation rate increased by 0.33 percent to 59.79 percent.

A year earlier, the unemployment rate was recorded at 24.47 percent.

INE | joana.ferreira@tradingeconomics.com
7/23/2015 12:59:42 PM


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Spain Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 22.37 23.78 26.94 4.41 percent [+]
Employed Persons 17866.50 17454.80 20510.60 10949.20 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 4229.95 4229.90 4889.46 468.29 Thousand [+]
Job Vacancies 43.10 45.08 1869.65 24.05 Thousand [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 12.40 12.60 13.60 1.50 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 49.30 49.60 55.80 17.20 percent [+]
Productivity 102.40 107.70 112.40 85.70 Index Points [+]
Wages 1891.49 1893.87 1908.28 1335.20 EUR/Month [+]
Labour Costs 108.50 100.70 110.40 69.70 Index Points [+]
Population 46.44 46.73 46.82 30.33 Million [+]
Retirement Age Women 65.25 65.15 65.25 65.00 [+]
Retirement Age Men 65.25 65.15 65.25 65.00 [+]
Minimum Wages 756.70 752.85 756.70 485.71 EUR/Month [+]
Unemployment Change -94.73 -117.99 461.01 -127.25 Thousand [+]


Unemployment Rate Reference Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Australia 6.00 Jun/15 5.90 10.90 4.00 percent [+]
Brazil 6.90 Jun/15 6.70 13.10 4.30 percent [+]
Canada 6.80 Jun/15 6.80 13.10 2.90 percent [+]
China 4.04 Jun/15 4.10 4.30 3.90 percent [+]
Euro Area 11.10 May/15 11.10 12.10 7.20 percent [+]
France 10.30 Mar/15 10.40 10.80 7.20 percent [+]
Germany 4.70 May/15 4.70 14.20 0.40 percent [+]
India 4.90 Dec/13 5.20 9.40 4.90 percent [+]
Indonesia 5.81 Mar/15 5.94 11.24 2.00 percent [+]
Italy 12.40 May/15 12.40 13.20 5.90 percent [+]
Japan 3.30 May/15 3.30 5.60 1.00 percent [+]
Mexico 4.41 Jun/15 4.45 5.93 2.22 percent [+]
Netherlands 6.90 Jun/15 6.90 7.90 3.60 percent [+]
Russia 5.40 Jun/15 5.60 14.10 4.80 percent [+]
South Korea 3.90 Jun/15 3.90 7.10 2.90 percent [+]
Spain 22.37 Jun/15 23.78 26.94 4.41 percent [+]
Switzerland 3.10 Jun/15 3.20 5.40 1.60 percent [+]
Turkey 9.60 Apr/15 10.60 14.80 7.30 percent [+]
United Kingdom 5.60 May/15 5.50 12.00 3.40 percent [+]
United States 5.30 Jun/15 5.50 10.80 2.50 percent [+]