As Spain slips towards recession, the number of people registered as being without a job has leapt.
In August, the total was up by over 100,000 from July as a slump in the housing market spreads through the rest of the economy.
It was the fifth month running that the ranks of Spain’s jobless had swelled.
The euro zone’s fourth largest economy now has more than 2.5 million people out of work. That is a 10-year high and up 25% from a year ago.
The government is studying a plan to create one hundred thousand jobs next year by revamping existing employment schemes.
The Deputy Employment Minister, Maravillas Rojo, said: “The unemployment situation has worsened and has not yet bottomed out. We expect we’re going to see even harder and difficult times.”
August is the month when service workers are laid off after summer, but even so the increase this year was nearly double that of August last year.
Jobless claims rose most quickly in the building industry and related sectors where bankruptcies are soaring after the housing bubble burst.