Can Spain's new government get more people back to work?

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Can Spain's new government get more people back to work?

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Some people without jobs in Spain are optimistic that their new government will revitalise their prospects by fixing the country’s economic problems.

The unemployment rate is over 21 percent.

On a street in the capital Madrid, construction workers flock to vehicles, hoping to make some money for the day.

One of these men is Antonio who is originally from Bolivia. “Let’s see if the government can change things for the better, including working laws. They should create more micro-enterprises to encourage more jobs,” he said.

However, Madrid resident Carlos was more doubtful the new government would mean any improvement in the job market. He told reporters: “I think the differences will be moderate. There are no huge differences in economic policies [between the two main parties]. There are no magic recipes.”

Newspaper headlines emphasise ‘change’ and ‘triumph’ after the People’s Party won the most decisive victory in 30 years on Sunday.

However, prime minister-in-waiting, Mariano Rajoy, will not have time to bask in the glory.

“Rajoy is going to have to do a lot of things very quickly if he really wants to stop this country falling off the economic precipice and having a painfully slow recovery,” said Javier Moreno, Editor-in-Chief of Spanish newspaper El Pais.

Construction of new homes has virtually stopped – perhaps unsurprisingly as 42 percent of young people are unemployed and cannot afford them.