Updated 3 January 2019: After a couple of months with numbers rising, December’s figures released today by the Ministerio de Empleo show a fall of 2,960 in those out of work, a drop of 1.41%. The New Year therefore saw 207,015 Canarians saying goodbye to 2018 without a job, according to today’s figures for December released by the Ministerio de Empleo, a fall in the numbers out of work throughout the year of 9,072, down 4.20%. Of those, around half are long-term unemployed who are without any resources whatsoever.

Updated 4 December 2018: Last month’s unemployment figures released today by the Department of Employment show a further rise of 1,874, up 0.90%. Interannually, however, the figures are still below last November’s, down by 9,723 (-4.43%). There are now 209,975 people out of work in the Canary Islands.

Updated 5 November: Unemployment in the Canaries rose in October by 2,671, a rise of 1.3%, today’s figures released by the Employment Ministry show, though compared with October 2017 numbers out of work fell by 13,693, a drop of 6.17%. There are now 208,101 unemployed in these islands.

Updated 2 October: The latest unemployment figures released today for September by the Department of Employment show a fall of 1,587 in the numbers of those out of work (-0.77%) compared with August. In comparison with September 2017, the drop is 15,576 (-7.05%), and there are now 205,430 people registered out of work in the Canary Islands. The month’s figures for our region beat the national trend, where unemployment rose throughout Spain by 20,441 (0.6%) to 3,202,509.

Updated 4 September: As so often at the end of a summer, unemployment figures rise, but August’s figures released today by the Ministerio de Empleo show the first rise for nine months. The rise is small, thankfully, increasing by just 270, up 0.13% on July, leaving 207,017 out of work in the Canaries, and the year-by-year figures continue to show a drop, with 10,028 fewer out of work in July 2018 than in the same month in 2017, a fall of 4.62%.

Updated 2 August: July’s unemployment figures for the Canaries released today by the Ministerio de Empleo show a continued fall, and however small, it’s down again by 1,847 (-0.89%). Interannually, the drop is 11,148 (-5.12%) compared with July 2017. There are now 206,747 people out of work in these islands.

Updated 3 July: Today’s unemployment figures for June show a further fall of 3,817 (-1.85%). Interannually, numbers out of work have fallen 11,485 (-5.22%) from June 2017. There are now 208,594 out of work in these islands. Nationally, unemployment in Spain fell again, down 89,968 last month (-2.8%), leaving 3,162,162 out of work, the lowest national level since 2009.

Updated 4 June: May’s unemployment figures released today by the Ministerio de Empleo show a further fall since April of 730 (-0.34%) in the number out of work in the Canaries. Interannually, unemployment has fallen by 10,338 (-4.64%) since May 2017, leaving 212,411 out of work throughout the islands. Nationally, unemployment in the last month of a PP (conservative) Government was at its lowest for ten years in May, with 3,252,130 out of work in Spain as a whole, down from 5,040,222 at its peak in February 2013.

Updated 4 May: And it’s down again, a drop of 627 (-0.29%) in April’s unemployment figures in the Canaries compared with March. Interannually, it is down 12,561 (-5.57%) compared with April 2017.  The good figures still leaves 213,141 out of work in these islands.

Updated 3 April: Today’s unemployment figures for March show a further fall in the Canaries, down 1,314 from February (-0.61%). The drop is more pronounced in the eastern province of Las Palmas with 821 fewer out of work compared with 493 in Santa Cruz province. Interannually, too, figures are down, with a drop of 17,011 (-7.37%) in those out of work compared with March 2017. There are now 213,768 unemployed in the Canaries.

To put some meat on that 213,768, however, and the fact that it has long been reported that after a decade of “crisis” more than half the long-term unemployed are without any financial means whatsoever, the Government has calculated that 40,479 families in these islands ended 2017 with no income. This is over 8,000 more than were assessed as having no means in 2008 when the crisis really can be said to have started to hit hard. The only slight consolation might be that at peak crisis in 2014, households with no income were numbered at 50.130 so as Spain recovers slowly the situation has improved somewhat, albeit to a figure that still has the capacity to horrify.

Updated 2 March: Unemployment figures released today show a drop, welcome though still very small, of 619 (-0.29%) in February. Interannually, the fall is 14,818 (-6.45%) compared with February 2017. There are now 215,082 out of work in these islands.

Updated 2 February: There was virtually no change in the unemployment situation in January, today’s figures from the Ministerio de Empleo show, with numbers out of work falling by just 386 (-0.18%) from December 2017. All of these were in Tenerife province, where the drop was actually 464, balanced out by an increase of 78 in Las Palmas. Interannually, unemployment in the Canaries compared with January 2017 fell by 16,073 (-6.93%), leaving 215,701 out of work.

Updated 3 January 2018: The number out of work fell in December by 3,611 (-1.64%), compared with November, and down 13,146 (-5.7%) compared with December 2016. Canarian unemployment therefore ended 2017 with 216,087 out of work, the latest figures from the Ministerio de Empleo y Seguridad Social show.

Updated 4 December 2017: November’s figures, released today, show a drop of 2,096, -0.95%, after a couple of months in which it rose following the end of summer jobs. Figures were down compared with November 2016 too, with an interannual fall of 15,076, -6.42%. There are now 219,698 out of work in the Canaries.

Updated 3 November: The latest unemployment figures released today by the Ministerio de Empleo show that unemployment rose for the second consecutive month as the loss of summer jobs continues to be felt. Numbers out of work in October were up by 788 throughout the islands, a rise of 0.36% compared to September, though interannually the figures are still lower, down 11,080 (-4.76%) compared with October 2016. There are now 221,794 out of work in the Canaries.

Updated 3 October: September’s unemployment in the Canaries rose by 3,961, figures released today show, an increase of 1.82% compared with August. Interannually, however, the figures are down on September last year, a fall of 9,895, -4.29%. There are now 221,006 unemployed in these islands.

Updated 4 September: The latest unemployment figures released today by the Ministerio de Empleo show a further fall in the Canaries in August. The month on month drop, of 850, -0.39%, leaves 217,045 out of work in the Canaries. Compared with August 2016, the drop is 13,140, – 5,71%. The drop bucks a national trend where, in Spain as a whole, unemployment rose last month after reductions for several consecutive months: there are now 3,382,324 registered unemployed nationally. Naturally the Canaries will be benefiting from seasonal jobs, with a dip being expected as the summer comes to an end.

Updated 2 August: July’s unemployment figures released today by the Ministerio de Empleo fell again, with 2,184 fewer out of work than in June, a drop of 0.99%. There are now 217,895 registered unemployed in these islands, more than half of whom are in receipt of no welfare assistance whatsoever. Compared with July 2016, the figures are down 14,174, a drop of 6.11%. Nationally, unemployment fell a further 26,887 leaving 3,335,924 out of work throughout Spain.

Updated 4 July: June showed a further monthy fall in unemployment in the Canaries of 2,670, a drop of -1.20% bringing the number down to 220,079. Compared with June 2016, the drop is 7.09%, down 16,797. Within the Canaries, the figures for Santa Cruz de Tenerife province (Tenerife, La Gomera, La Palma and El Hierro) are somewhat better than Las Palmas (Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote), and Tenerife President Carlos Alonso expressed his satisfaction at Tenerife’s figures.

The president released the following chart for this island specifically, and said that Tenerife was a leader in growth and creation of employment, as shown by initiatives like Barrios por empleo, something that was one of the major points of interest during the King and Queen of Spain’s visit to Tenerife in April. None the less, there are still 167,293 people unemployed in this island alone, more than half of whom are in receipt of no state help whatsoever, though the indications are generally more positive with a drop of almost 30,000 in four years in the numbers out of work.

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