There are currently 113,818 unemployed in the Murcia region
The latest monthly figures published by the national employment services show that unemployment fell by 349 people in the Region of Murcia during June, representing a decrease of 0.31 per cent and situating the total number of unemployed in the region at 113,818.
The drop in unemployment figures for a fourth consecutive month in the region is certainly encouraging given the fact that compared to the same month last year, unemployment rates have fallen by 2,111 people, 1.82 per cent less.
The decrease in unemployment since May has been most prominent in the municipalities of:
Cartagena – with 235 fewer unemployed people
La Unión – with 126 fewer unemployed people
Águilas – with 124 fewer unemployed people
Mazarrón – with 110 fewer unemployed people
San Javier – with 80 fewer unemployed people
San Pedro del Pinatar – with 63 fewer unemployed people
This is principally due to businesses working within the tourism, accommodation and hostelry sectors contracting staff ahead of the summer holiday season.
However, the agricultural sector in the Region of Murcia registered an increase in unemployment by 445 people in June, up 5,13 per cent, most notably due to the end of the spring campaigns for lettuces, potatoes, broccoli, cauliflowers and other winter crops. This year planting of melons and watermelons has been subdued due to concerns about the availability of water because of the Trasvase situation and concerns about how much the Covid pandemic would affect demand for these crops, usually consumed in large quantities during the summer holiday season, which is in turn, expected to be less demanding this summer given concerns about travel related to Covid.
As a result, unemployment increased in:
Cieza – with 86 more unemployed people
Totana – with 66 more unemployed people
Murcia – with 62 more unemployed people
Archena, with 51 more unemployed people
It must also be noted that although figures are starting to decrease, unemployment in the Region of Murcia is still at higher levels than pre-COVID.
A similar situation can be seen in the national figures: although there is political elation at the “best” figures since the Covid pandemic began, the unemployment figures this month nationally are 598,653 higher than in July 2019 before the Covid pandemic began.
Another 447,800 people are still on ERTE pandemic furlough schemes, possibly until the end of September, and it is by no means certain that they will not return to the ranks of the unemployed between now and the end of the summer, although even this figure is falling month by month as more and more employees are welcomed back to the workplace, particularly in the tourism and hospitality sectors.
All of which means that there are over one million more people not currently working than in July 2019 before the pandemic struck.