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Spanish tourism sector creating more jobs 

A total of 2,604,899 people are in work associated with tourism activities (up 3.7 per cent year-on-year), according to the Labour Force Survey by Turespaña. This represents 94,104 more jobs than in the previous year.

The unemployment per-centage for tourism activities stands at 11.8 per cent, the lowest annual figure since 2009.

Spanish Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, described these figures as “highly positive, given that they reflect the strength of the tourism sector, which continues to be a driving force for job creation.”

The number of jobs in all branches of activity rose, especially in the hospitality industry (4.3 per cent), other tourism activities (3.5 per cent) and passenger transport services (0.9 per cent). In 2018, the Spanish economy has created 503,000 additional jobs when compared with the previous year, of one in five (18.7 per cent) were the result of activities tied to tourism. Tourism sector jobs accounted for 13.5 per cent of all jobs in the Spanish economy.

In 2018, both the number of salaried employees and self-employed workers rose in the tourism sector. The number of salaried employees rose by 3.9 per cent year-on-year to 2,115,746. This figure rose in all branches of activity, especially in travel agencies (21.8 per cent), other tourism activities (5.4 per cent) and in the hospitality industry (3.8 per cent).

The number of self-employed workers in the tourism sector rose by 488,440 (up three per cent on the previous year), with increases in the hospitality industry and in passenger transport, and a decrease in other activities.

An upward trend was posted in all autonomous regions except Asturias, Castile-Leon, La Rioja and Ceuta and Melilla.

Tourism sector employ-ment grew in each quarter of 2018. According to the figures, the fourth quarter of 2018 saw 2,583,521 jobs in this sector, an increase of 64,267 jobs on the same period of the previous year. In the fourth quarter of 2018, both the number of salaried employees and self-employed workers rose in the tourism sector, by 2.8 per cent and 1.7 per cent, respectively.