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Spanish unemployment falls again


Spanish unemployment falls again


The number of people registered as out of work in Spain fell for the second straight month in May helped by the start of the tourism season.

Nearly 80,000 fewer people were claiming unemployment benefits the Labour Ministry said.

That follows a dip of some 64,000 in April, after the jobless total peaked in March at more than 4.3 million.

The total number of Spaniards without a job is now just under 4.2 million and the unemployment rate for the first quarter was over 21 percent of the workforce.

At the same time Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero promised his government will approve changes in Spain’s rigid labour laws by 10 June.

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