Thursday, January 20

Long-term unemployment rises 32% with the pandemic and exceeds 1.6 million

A Social Security office

A Social Security office

The Long-term unemployment has accelerated its increase in these months of pandemic and already accounts for 42% of the total unemployed, six points more than in February, with 1.6 million people who have been looking for a job for more than 12 months.

According to data from the Ministry of Labor compiled by Efe, in February, before the outbreak of the pandemic, there were 1.23 million long-term unemployed, that is, they had been in that situation for more than 12 months. They thus assumed the 38% of the 3.24 million of unemployed at the end of that month.

Eight months later, at the end of October, those long-term unemployed were 1.63 million, 400,000 more that in February, a rise of 32%, happening to suppose 42% of the total of unemployed. In these months, from February to October, unemployment has increased by about 780,000 unemployed (18% more), to 3.8 million.

The long-term strike began to grow faster than total unemployment since May and that trend has accelerated since August with the arrival of the second wave of the pandemic. “As of August, the long-term unemployment (greater than 12 months) has surpassed the shorter-term unemployment (6 months or less),” Fedea pointed out in his latest report on the analysis of the economic situation in the pandemic.

“While unemployment of people who started their job demand during the health crisis is reducing, that of people whose demand was registered before the start of this crisis continues to rise,” he added. “Since the beginning of the pandemic it has been growing but it has accelerated in September and October and it is possible that this will continue“, explained to Efe Florentino Felgueroso, associate researcher of Fedea.

Felgueroso remembers that it is something common and worrying about crises, since those who lag further behind have more difficulties to re-engage in the market. To try to deal with this situation, it points to the implementation of training actions for those unemployed, as well as the adoption of measures to guarantee coverage with benefits.

“400,000 more unemployed at this time is quite a considerable figure for such a short time,” he underlines,

From CCOO, the Secretary of Employment, Lola Santillana, affects the problems of coverage of benefits for these unemployed who, she points out, are also usually older than 45 years, which further complicates their return to the labor market.

They should be encouraged to hire and try to avoid being expelled from the labor market“He says.” There should be a commitment from companies in this regard, he adds. Within the draft on active employment policies proposed by the Government to the social agents, recruitment incentives indefinite with special attention to those over 45 or long-term unemployed. “It’s fine but that is not enough,” emphasizes Felgueroso, who stresses the importance of recycling and training these workers.

In a recent report, the UGT also warned that long-term unemployment could worsen after the coronavirus pandemic if adequate measures are not taken.

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