The unemployment s will be a blow for Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's government, which was last year forecasting a jobless rate of Eurostat, the EU's statistics body, estimates that last November there were 5. Jobless s include economically inactive people, including young people who are in education.
But he said improvements were being impeded by some trade unions' resistance to change. He said that young people were being helped into work by measures such as awarding tax relief to companies employing year-olds and changes to increase labour market flexibility.
When Mr Rajoy took office in late there were 5. This reduces the extent of youth unemployment, although the figures remain high.
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Youth unemployment continues to be a cause for concern across the European Union, not just Spain. Italy's prime minister Mario Monti, said on Thursday that the current spaln was to "bring new life to the economy, and the first ones to benefit will be the youth". Tackling youth unemployment across the nation bloc has become a serious issue for governments and policymakers.
Some experts argue that youth unemployment is better zpain more accurately represented by using a ratio, calculated as the share of total unemployed. The impact has been acute for 16 to year-olds, who saw the rate in the last quarter of surge to However, many economists have wondered if the jobless data exaggerates the problem.
The figure, the highest since the mids, follows Spain's prolonged recession and deep spending cuts.