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Spaniards ‘worry most about jobless rate’

Unemployment continues to be the main issue of concern for most people in Spain but corruption and fraud are also gaining ground, the latest poll from the social research institute CIS has found.

Spaniards 'worry most about jobless rate'
Making noise: Unemployment and corruption in people have seen people taking to the streets at every more frequent intervals. Photo: Pepe Pont

The latest CIS Barometer for March shows that unemployment is clearly the chief preoccupation for most people in Spain, with 81.6 percent of people saying this is one of their top three concerns.

More and more people, however, are concerned about corruption and fraud.

A total of 44.5 percent listed these as being one of their top three concerns in Spain.

That's up from just 17.7 percent in the January 2013 CIS Barometer.

The research poll also found that nearly a third of all Spaniards (31.4 percent) thought that "politicians, political parties and the political climate in general" was one of the three biggest problems facing Spain.

In the latest CIS barometer, the social research institute also asked people about their preferred model of state.

Roughly a third of people (32.4 percent) of Spaniards said they favoured the current model with autonomous provinces.

Around a quarter of people, or 24.2 percent, said they would prefer a central government without autonomous regions.

Meanwhile, in terms of identity, 52.8 percent of people said they felt equally Spanish and a member of their own autonomous community.

Just 16.1 percent of CIS survey respondents said they felt "only Spanish".

The latest CIS study also asked people in-depth questions about their perceptions of the media.

Television was the main source of news for most Spaniards with nearly half of all people saying TV played a "great role" or a "substantial role" in forming their opinion.

For social media, this figure was just over 15 percent.

In terms of trust in the media. some 56.4 of respondents in the CIS poll rated their confidence from '4' to '6' out of a possible ten.

Again, people had the least trust in social media, with the average rating being 4.56 out of ten.

CIS interviewed 2,477 people aged 18 or over nationwide from March 1st to March 12th to obtain its results. 

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ECONOMY

Unemployment in Spain hits four million for first time since 2016

The number of people in Spain registered as unemployed surpassed four million for the first time in five years in February, government figures showed Tuesday, as pandemic restrictions hit the country's tourism-dependent economy.

Unemployment in Spain hits four million for first time since 2016
Photo: Josep Lago/AFP

Jobless claims rose by nearly 45,000 last month over last month to hit 4,008,789, the labour ministry said, the fifth consecutive monthly increase.

The rise is due to the impact of “severe restrictions imposed to combat the third wave of the pandemic,” the ministry said in a statement.

The last time the number of jobless in Spain rose above four million was in April 2016.

Spain’s regional governments, which are responsible for health, have imposed various measures to try to curb the spread of the coronavirus, including shutting down bars and restaurants and nightly curfews which have hit the hospitality sector hard.

A broader, quarterly household survey by the national statistics institute INE provides the official unemployment rate, which hit 3.7 million or 16.1 percent at the end of December.

Both the labour ministry and the INE figures do not include the roughly 755,000 people benefitting from a government coronavirus furlough scheme as of the end of last year.

The Spanish government says it has spent €40 billion ($48 billion) since the start of the pandemic to finance the furlough scheme and help the self-employed.

Spain’s economy contracted by 11 percent in 2020, one of the worst performers in the eurozone, with its key tourism sector battered by the
pandemic.

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