Spain’s job centres got busier in February. The number of people registered as jobless increased by more than 82,000, the seventh consecutive monthly rise. The total is now just over 4.1 million.
The Madrid government pointed out the rise was significantly less than the same month last year, when the economic crisis was at its worst.
But that was of little comfort to jobseekers. One man in a long queue outside a Madrid employment office said: “I see a very dark future for this country. Because very few people have jobs now. It’s the same thing here every day.”
Another frustrated woman said: “We’ve been waiting here for three hours until those guys give us a piece of paper with a number like in the supermarket. As far as the numbers go, and the if they run out, people have to come back the day after and so on, and so on and so on.”
In the past year the number of jobless has risen by nearly 20 percent.
Over half of the jobs lost in February came from the services sector, followed by construction with just over 10 per cent.