Seville, (EFE).- The Andalusian economy will grow 1.3% this year, in line with the national average, which would allow it to recover the level prior to the pandemic after having grown 5.5% in 2021 and 5 .4% in 2022, according to the forecasts of the Savings Banks Foundation (Funcas).
A decrease in the unemployment rate is expected to 18.5% after last year it fell from 21.7% to 19% and in 2022 it will be one of the regions where the number of employed people grew the most according to the EPA and that of Social Security affiliates.
The impulse of the energy branch
According to Funcas, one of the engines of growth in 2023 will be the services sector, which still has room for growth through the normalization of international tourism, since in 2022 the arrival of international tourists was normalized, although it was still 16, 7% below the pre-pandemic level, and national tourism, in terms of overnight stays, did recover the 2019 level.
Funcas points out that last year the industrial production index registered one of the highest growths of all the regions, driven by the energy sector.
It also points out that the industrial structure of the Andalusian economy after the pandemic is not oriented towards activities that are expected to exhibit greater dynamism due to the boost of European funds, although the contribution of the refining sector will continue to be important. EFE