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Puerto celebrates lowest unemployment level for ten years 

PAGE 10 PUERTO CELEBRATES

Puerto de la Cruz is continuing to reduce unemployment figures. The municipality closed 2017 with the best rate of the last years with 7.32 per cent less unemployment.

The trend appears to be continuing as in January, the municipality achieved its best unemployment figure for the last ten years with 3,254 unemployed.

 According to data from the Canary Islands Labour and Vocational Training Observa-tory (OBECAN), of the total unemployed in January, 1,841 are women and 1,413 men.

In January 2017, Puerto registered 3,511 unemployed, while in the same period this year the figure stood at 3,254 unemployed, 7.32 per cent less, the best result since 2008.

“The evolution of the unemployed figures during the past year showed a tendency of continuous decline,” said a spokesman.

Puerto’s Mayor, Lope Afonso said he was very pleased with the positive trend of employ-ment creation experienced by the northern municipality.

“This ratifies the commit-ment of the council to continue working intensely to combat what is still the main problem of the residents of the tourist city,” he said.

January also delivered encouraging data in the total number of contracts with 1,473 new contracts. The economic sector that concentrates the largest number is the hotel industry, with 880 new contracts, making it the leading sector.

The commercial sector undergoes a considerable increase in the generation of new contracts with 543, followed by construction with 196 new contracts. The sectors that have generated the least contracts are the ones with the lowest weight in the economic activity of the city, such as agriculture and industry with 42 and 91 new contracts respectively.

The largest group of job seekers correspond to people with primary and secondary education with 1,723 and 1,153 job seekers respectively. The unemployed with university education represent the third group that most job seekers have in the tourist city with 225, and lastly, those who have Vocational Training studies with 152 people.