Spain Unemployment Rate 1976-2017 | Data | Chart | Calendar | Forecast

The unemployment rate in Spain went down to 16.38 percent in the third quarter of 2017 from 17.22 percent in the previous period. It is a new low since the last three months of 2008 when the jobless rate was 13.79 percent. Among regions, Balearic Islands have the lowest jobless rate (9.25 percent) while Melilla (26.16 percent) and Andalusia (25.41 percent) recorded the highest. In Catalonia, the unemployment rate was 12.54 percent and in Madrid it was slightly lower at 12.35 percent. Unemployment Rate in Spain averaged 16.56 percent from 1976 until 2017, reaching an all time high of 26.94 percent in the first quarter of 2013 and a record low of 4.41 percent in the third quarter of 1976.

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Spain Jobless Rate Falls to a New 2008 Low of 16.38%


The unemployment rate in Spain went down to 16.38 percent in the third quarter of 2017 from 17.22 percent in the previous period. It is a new low since the last three months of 2008 when the jobless rate was 13.79 percent. Among regions, Balearic Islands have the lowest jobless rate (9.25 percent) while Melilla (26.16 percent) and Andalusia (25.41 percent) recorded the highest. In Catalonia, the unemployment rate was 12.54 percent and in Madrid it was slightly lower at 12.35 percent.

Considering the whole country, the number of jobless people fell by 182.6 thousand to 3.731 million, also the lowest since the last quarter of 2008. Unemployment went down in services (-96.8 thousand) and industry (-15.6 thousand) but rose in agriculture (+29.1 thousand) and in construction (+4.2 thousand).

The number of employed increased by 235.9 thousand to 19.049 million, the highest since the third quarter of 2009. Job gains were seen in ises in services (+236.4 thousand), industry (+34.1 thousand) and construction (+21 thousand). In contrast, employment fell in agriculture (-33.2 thousand). By region, the largest increases were seen in Valencia (+47.4 thousand), Catalonia (+46.1 thousand) and Madrid (+40.2 thousand). Employment increased in by 177.6 thousand in the private sector and by 58.3 thousand in the public.

The number of active people increased by 53.3 thousand to 22.780 million, bringing the labour force participation rate up to 58.82 percent from 58.83 percent.

INE | Joana Taborda |
10/26/2017 7:44:10 AM



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2017-04-27 07:00 AM Unemployment Rate 18.75% 18.60% 18.6% 18.8%
2017-07-27 07:00 AM Unemployment Rate 17.22% 18.75% 17.8% 18%
2017-10-26 07:00 AM Unemployment Rate 16.38% 17.22% 16.8%
2018-01-26 08:00 AM Unemployment Rate
2018-04-27 07:00 AM Unemployment Rate
2018-07-27 07:00 AM Unemployment Rate


Spain Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 16.38 17.22 26.94 4.41 percent [+]
Employed Persons 19049.20 18813.30 20510.60 10949.20 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 3425.67 3448.41 4889.46 468.29 Thousand [+]
Unemployment Change 7.26 56.80 461.01 -129.30 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment 2725.80 2870.10 2874.30 572.70 Thousand [+]
Full Time Employment 16323.40 15943.20 18488.00 11007.60 Thousand [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 7.90 8.60 13.60 1.50 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 38.20 37.20 55.80 17.20 percent [+]
Productivity 112.70 105.70 112.70 85.70 Index Points [+]
Labour Costs 101.70 97.70 105.70 66.70 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 51.48 48.44 541.53 19.61 Thousand [+]
Wages 1942.01 1829.13 2026.14 1264.36 EUR/Month [+]
Minimum Wages 825.65 764.40 825.65 485.71 EUR/Month [+]
Population 46.53 46.44 46.82 30.33 Million [+]
Retirement Age Women 65.42 65.33 65.42 65.00 [+]
Retirement Age Men 65.42 65.33 65.42 65.00 [+]
Wages High Skilled 1980.00 1950.00 2100.00 1950.00 EUR/Month [+]
Wages Low Skilled 927.00 908.00 968.00 908.00 EUR/Month [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 58.92 58.84 60.55 48.88 percent [+]
Living Wage Family 1100.00 1080.00 1100.00 1080.00 EUR/Month [+]
Living Wage Individual 810.00 770.00 810.00 725.00 EUR/Month [+]
Employment Change 0.70 0.80 1.80 -2.30 percent [+]
Employment Rate 62.80 62.04 67.18 54.91 percent [+]


Spain Unemployment Rate

In Spain, the unemployment rate measures the number of people actively looking for a job as a percentage of the labour force. This page provides the latest reported value for - Spain Unemployment Rate - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. Spain Unemployment Rate - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on December of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
16.38 17.22 26.94 4.41 1976 - 2017 percent Quarterly




unemployment rate by Country
Country Last
Spain 16.38 Sep/17
Brazil 12.20 Oct/17
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France 9.70 Sep/17
Euro Area 8.80 Oct/17
Canada 5.90 Nov/17
Indonesia 5.50 Sep/17
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Russia 5.10 Oct/17
Netherlands 4.50 Oct/17
United Kingdom 4.30 Oct/17
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Germany 3.60 Oct/17
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Japan 2.80 Oct/17