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November blip but Canaries lead the way in job creation 

The Canary Islands are leading the way in job creation alongside the Balearics in the last year.

The number of workers employed in the archipelago reaches 750,000, the highest in the last eight years, with a year-on-year growth of 5.5 per cent.

The figures were released by the vice president of the Canary Islands Government and Minister of Employment, Social Policies and Housing, Patricia Hernández.

The number of employed workers has increased in this period by 39,473 people, 5.5 per cent, significantly above the national average of 3.2 per cent. The islands thus reach 750,001 jobs, the highest figure of the last eight year since November 2008.

In addition, the archipelago is the third Spanish region with the highest monthly growth, with 6,533 new workers (+ 0.82 per cent), in a context of average national decline in employment, according to the data for November.

This important breakthrough comes in a month in which unemployment increased by 1,900 people in the islands, a growth that also occurs in the whole of Spain.

In the case of the Canary Islands, much of the increase in unemployment is among the people who are registered as first-time applicants to an employment office.

Patricia Hernández said that “although there are more people targeted in the unemployment, but not in interannual terms, there is much more job creation because it increases the active population in the Canaries. There are more people available to work and more people working.”

She added: “We are the second autonomous community this year in job creation but I insist that these data have to be accompanied by quality in employment, a job that gives to live.”

In terms of contracts, the islands increased by 17.1 per cent in November compared to the same month last year, a rise well above the national average, which was + 8.85 per cent. The most relevant data is related to indefinite contracts, which in November represented 12.8 per cent of the total number of contracts in the Canary Islands, compared to 8.9 per cent national, with a difference of four percentage points.