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Bad news for Canary jobless total 


The number of registered unemployed in the Canary Islands grew by 1,957 in February, an increase of 0.68% on the previous month.

This brought the total to 291,474, according to the Ministry of Employment. In annual terms, unemployment rose in the archipelago by 4.51% (12,576)  when compared to the same month of 2012, almost two and a half points lower than the growth in the whole of Spain (6,.96%).


The number of unemployed registered at the offices of the public employment services rose by 59,444 unemployed, up 1.2% on January, which put the number of unemployed at more than five million people (5,040,222) .

The figure of 291,474 in the Canaries is the second worst in history, only exceeded  in May 2012 when there were 293,228 registered unemployed.


Unemployment rose in February over January  by 1163 people in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, 0.86%, bringing its total number of unemployed to 136,767. In Las Palmas, the rise was 794 more unemployed, up 0.52%, to 154,707. Of the 291,474 unemployed, 145,533 are men and 145,941 are women and 22,303 are under 25 years (11,464 men and 10,839 women).

 By Sectors

The 291,474 unemployed are divided as follows: 206,692 in services, 49,223 in construction, 15,919 had never been employed, 13,625 in industry and agriculture in 6015. Among foreign workers, unemployment fell last month in the Canaries by 93 people, 0.38%, to settle at 24,377 unemployed.