Seville, (EFE).- The Andalusian labor market suffered in January after the end of the Christmas season and registered an increase of 21,048 unemployed compared to the previous month (2.8%), reaching a total of 748,145, and employment rose reduced by 30,014 (0.9%) registered with Social Security to 3,283,305.
The services sector concentrated practically all the increase in unemployment in January, with an increase of 20,778 unemployed compared to December, while agriculture rose to a lesser extent, by 1,058, and industry, by 444, while construction fell by 1,852 people.
The behavior of the province of Huelva stands out, which is one of the two in Spain in which unemployment fell in January compared to December by 298 people (0.7%) to 42,016 unemployed, and the province of Huelva also stands out in annual calculation at reduce unemployment by 14.5% (-7,172 people), double in relative terms than the average drop in the number of unemployed in Andalusia.
In the rest of the provinces, monthly unemployment grew above all in Jaén, by 5.2% with 2,258 more unemployed up to 45,635; followed by increases of around three percent in Granada (2,517 more to 80,175), Malaga (4,483 more to 140,922) and Seville (5,319 to 178,135).
Huelva is once again the exception
Unemployment also increased in Cádiz, 2.8% (3,962 to 142,628) and in Córdoba, 2.9% (1,845 to 64,509).
According to data from the Ministries of Labor and Social Security, unemployment in one year in Andalusia fell by 57,420 people, 7.1%, and affiliation increased by 60,096 (1.8%).
In interannual variation (January over January) the provinces of Malaga, with a decrease of 9.7%, and Cádiz, with 8%, registered relative decreases in unemployment above the regional average.
Huelva was once again the exception in which employment increased in January compared to December by 6,550 jobs (3.1%) while it fell in the remaining seven.
For its part, Jaén was the only Andalusian province where the occupancy rate decreased by 5.3% (14,083).
According to the data, in January 310,024 contracts were formalized in Andalusia, 0.44% less than in December and 28% less than a year earlier.
The evolution of the labor market in Andalusia in January has been very similar to that of Spain, where unemployment increased by 70,744 people, 2.5% to 2,908,397 unemployed. EFE