The number of unemployed people from Extremadura fell by 3,841 workers during the month of April, 4.05% in percentage terms, according to what the Ministry of Employment made public this morning. At the national level, the drop in unemployment was 2.77%.
The fourth month of the year is always positive for employment, it is when a good part of the agricultural work and the agribusiness that goes with it start. The decline of this 2022 is in line with previous years. In theory now begins a cycle of decline in unemployment that should last until the end of the summer.
Right now in Extremadura there are 90,884 unemployed, which is 18,806 fewer than there were last year at this time (-14.14% in percentage terms).
The number of unemployed registered in the offices of the public employment services in Spain fell by 86,260 unemployed in April (-2.77%), doubling the decrease experienced in the same month of 2021, when it fell by 39,012 people.
The fall in unemployment in April has placed the total number of unemployed at 3,022,503 people, its lowest level in a month of April since 2008, according to data published this Wednesday by the Ministry of Labor and Social Economy.
Since 1996, the year in which the comparable historical series begins, there have been increases in unemployment in 3 months of April and decreases in 24. This year’s is the best data since April 2019, when unemployment fell by just over 91,000 people.
In seasonally adjusted terms, registered unemployment fell in April this year by 4,599 people, according to Europa Press.
In the last year, unemployment accumulated a record decrease of 888,125 unemployed, which is 22.7% less, with a decline in female unemployment of 474,740 women (-21%) and a drop in male unemployment of 413,385 men (-25 ,one%).
Low in services
Unemployment only rose in April in the group without a previous job, with 18 more unemployed than in March (+0.01%), and fell in the rest of the sectors, mainly in services, with 65,422 fewer unemployed (-3%) . Agriculture follows, with a decline of 9,544 unemployed (-6.1%); construction, which subtracted 6,972 people from the unemployment lists (-2.8%), and industry, where it fell by 4,340 people (-1.7%).
Unemployment fell in April in both sexes and did so almost equally. Specifically, male unemployment fell by 43,217 people (-3.4%) and female unemployment, by 43,043 women (-2.3%). Thus, at the end of the fourth month of the year, the number of unemployed women stood at 1,788,385 and that of men, at 1,234,118.
By age, unemployment among young people under 25 years of age decreased by 4.7% in April, with 10,952 fewer unemployed than at the end of March, while unemployment among people aged 25 and over fell by 75,308 unemployed (-2 .6%).
Registered unemployment fell in April in all the autonomous communities, especially in Andalusia (-33,072 unemployed), Madrid (-10,931) and the Balearic Islands (-7,575).
As for the provinces, unemployment fell in 47 of them, led by Madrid (-10,931), Cádiz (-8,153 unemployed) and Seville (-8,067), and increased in five, mainly in Huesca (+137 unemployed) and Castellón (+132).
Registered unemployment among foreigners fell in April by 12,579 unemployed (-3.2%) compared to the previous month, until the total number of unemployed immigrants stood at 379,851, 34.4% less than in April 2021.
In April, 1,450,093 contracts were registered, 6.9% more than in the same month of 2021. Of all of them, 698,646 were permanent contracts, the highest figure in the entire series in any month.
This volume of permanent contracts is 325.8% higher than in April 2021 and represents 48.2% of the total contracts made in the fourth month of the year, compared to 10% in December 2021, before the labor reform ; 15% from January 2022 (with the reform already in force); 22% in February and 31% in March.
Thus, from December 2021 to April 2022, indefinite contracts have multiplied their weight over total hiring by almost five due to the labor reform, and now account for almost one of every two signed contracts.
In April, 534,566 more fixed contracts were signed than in the same month of 2021 and 441,318 fewer temporary ones. 44% of the contracts signed in April by young people under 25 years of age were permanent.
In the first four months of the year, 6,162,323 contracts have been made, 16.8% more than in the first four months of 2021. Of this amount, 1,767,836 were permanent contracts, almost triple that between January and April of the year past (+181.5%), and of them 865,250 were full-time, 116% more.
Labor has highlighted that indefinite contracts have grown “pronouncedly” in all economic sectors, especially in agriculture and construction.
Specifically, fixed contracts in the agricultural sector have gone from representing 3% in December 2021 to accounting for 50% in April this year. In the case of construction, the percentage has risen in this period from 23% to 74%. In industry, on the other hand, they already represent one in three (34%) and in services they climb from 12% in December 2021 to 48% in April 2022.
Of the almost 700,000 indefinite contracts signed in April, full-time contracts totaled 284,732, 177.4% more than in the same month of 2021, while part-time indefinite contracts totaled 413,914, multiplying by almost seven the figure of April 2021 (+573.6%).
Of the rest of the contracts signed in April, just over 745,000 were temporary contracts, of which 25.5% were due to full-time production circumstances and 4.75% were substitution contracts, also full-time. On the other hand, temporary contracts with part-time hours account for 17.1% of the total.
The Ministry has also reported that spending on benefits derived from workers in temporary employment regulation files (ERTE) reached the figure of 72 million euros in March (latest data available), below the 82 million in February and the 80 million in January.
The total number of recipients of unemployment benefits stood at 1,758,590 people at the end of March, with a total expenditure of 1,848.1 million euros.
The average monthly expenditure per beneficiary, not including the agricultural subsidy in Andalusia and Extremadura, rose to 1,078 euros in the third month of the year.
The benefit data is always one month behind the unemployment data, so Labor has published this Wednesday the unemployment figures for April and the benefit statistics for March.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.