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Social Security figures provide “encouraging news” for jobs 

The number of contributors to the Spanish social security system rises by 637,232 on last year, the second highest figure on record.

The average number of National Insurance contributors stood at 18,417,756 in November, after rising by the largest year-on-year increase on record in this month, with the exception of 2005 (the year in which there was an extraordinary regularisation of immigrants), with 637,232 more contributors than in 2016. The month of November posted 12,773 fewer contributors (down 0.07%).

The number of female contributors to the social security system now amounts to 8,521,826 workers, representing 46.27% of all workers.

The seasonally-adjusted figure, which allows the underlying trends to be tracked in the number of contributors, grew in the month by 43,437 workers.

The General Regime posted a decline of 4,855 contributors (down 0.03%), to stand at 15,139,984. In absolute terms, the number of contributors rose in education (up 28,400), trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorbikes (up 18,874) and in construction (up 15,846).

The Special System for Agricultural Workers posted a rise of 10,065 contributors (up 1.33%). The sector now has an average total of 765,898 contributors. In turn, the Special System for Domestic Workers rose by 932 (up 0.22%) to stand at a total of 420,999 workers.

A total of 3,210,880 contributors were registered under the Regime for Self-Employed Workers, following a decline of 7,022 people (down 0.22%) in the last month. A decline of 841 contributors was posted in the Special Regime for Seamen (down 1.29%), to a total of 64,468 workers. Finally, the Regime for Coal Workers posted a decline of 55 contributors (down 2.21%) to a total of 2,424 workers.

In terms of autonomous regions, the number of National Insurance contributors rose in November in Madrid (up 28,387), the Region of Valencia (21,324), Andalusia (11,786), the Canary Islands (5,157), the Region of Murcia (4,968), the Basque Country (3,846), Castile-La Mancha (2,217), Melilla (1,004), Navarre (247), La Rioja (78) and Ceuta (38).

In contrast, November posted declines in the Balearic Islands (down 78,975), Castile and Leon (5,833), Catalonia (4,038), Cantabria (876), Galicia (747) Aragon (87), Extremadura (511), and Asturias (259).

Compared with last year, the number of workers has increas-ed in all autonomous regions, with particularly noteworthy figures in Madrid (up 121,729), Catalonia (up 115,288) and Andalusia (up 110,779).