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Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy says “the quality of jobs is improving” since “a great many permanent employment contracts were signed” in 2017.

At the inauguration of the works to extend the capacity of the AP-9 motorway along the stretch through Santiago de Compostela, the President of the Government stressed that the employment and National Insurance contributor figures for 2017 are “pleasing” and “encouraging”. The goal, he said, is to ensure “20 million Spaniards are working” by the end of 2019.

Sr. Rajoy positively assessed the employment figures for 2017, since “employment fell and more than 600,000 people found a job”. He stressed that these figures are “pleasing” and “spur us on to continue working hard towards ensuring that things improve in the future”.

Mariano Rajoy added that 611,146 new contributors were recorded in the social security system, making 2017 “the best year for more than a decade”.

The President of the Government also underlined

that “the quality of these jobs is also improving” since in 2017 “a great many permanent employment contracts have been signed”. He added that this means that the year that has just ended “has been the best year” for permanent employment since 2007.

The President of the Government explained that in recent years “more than 70% of all the jobs lost during the worst crisis we have seen in decades in Spain” have been recovered.

He also pointed out that the goal is to ensure that “20 million Spaniards are working” by the end of the year 2019, a goal that can be achieved “if we do things with common sense and if everybody plays the part they need to”.

Mariano Rajoy added that if “a great many more people can find a job” then the public authorities can collect more revenue and hence “better attend to the main public services”, such as healthcare, education, social services and infrastructures.