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Better prospects for jobs in Canaries despite January blip? 

A rise in unemployment in the Canary Islands during January has created a bit of a dent in optimism but there are still signs of a “positive trend”.

The archipelago was the fourth community with the lowest increase in unemployment in January and Deputy Minister of Employment and Entrepreneurship, Emilio Atiénzar has expressed concern.

But he added: “Historically January is a bad month for employment, mainly due to the seasonality of productive activity, but the inter-annual comparison shows more optimistic data that indicate a positive trend in job creation in the islands.”

He stressed that “we must continue working together, employers, unions, all social agents and the Government to create the right conditions to improve and create jobs and emphasise training appropriate to the needs of the busi-ness sector in the Canaries.”

January registered 231,774 unemployed people, which represented a growth of one per cent over December (2,541 people) but 14,210 people less than in the same month last year, which meant a fall of 5.5 per cent .

Unemployment rose in all communities, except in the Balearics. The Canary Islands was the fourth with lower growth behind Andalusia, Catalonia and Murcia.

The Canary Islands, a-long with the Balearic Islands, was also the community with the greatest growth of Social Security affiliation in the last twelve months.

Sr. Atiénzar insisted on the need to adapt training to the real needs of enterprises and to give unemployed people the tools to access a future labour market.