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Spain’s tourism sector continues to create new jobs 

Almost 100,000 new jobs were created in the tourism sector during the third quarter when compared with the same period of 2017.

According to the Labour Force Survey, the tourism sector consisted of 3,032,805 active workers in the third quarter of 2018. This is 2.3% more than in the same period of the previous year.

According to this survey, 2,759,330 people are in work associated with tourism activities (up 3.7% year-on-year). This represents an increase of 98,415 workers on the same quarter of the previous year.

Spanish Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, welcomed these figures “as they confirm the strength of tourism in Spain. My ministerial department is working hard to strengthen Spain’s leadership in the tourism sector.”

The number of workers rose in the hotel and catering industry and in other tourism activities, while it fell in passenger transport services. In this quarter, the Spanish economy has created some 478,000 additional jobs when compared with the same quarter of the previous year, of which 20.6% were the result of activities associated with tourism. Workers in the tourism sector accounted for 14.1% of all jobs in the Spanish economy.

In the third quarter of 2018, both the number of salaried employees and self-employed workers rose in the tourism sector, by 3.8% and 3.5%, respectively.

In this third quarter, an upward trend was posted in all autonomous regions except Aragon, Asturias, Castile-Leon, Catalonia and La Rioja.