Press Release 16/01/2015
The population in work was up by six thousand individuals and the unemployment figure remained at 14.5% in the fourth quarter of 2014 in the Basque Country
The active population grew and the activity rate stood at 57.5%
The data from the labour market in the Basque Country from the fourth quarter of 2014 showed a figure of 898,000 individuals in work, which is a net increase of 6,000 compared with the previous quarter (+0.7%), according to Eustat data. Furthermore, the unemployment rate for the Basque Country remained at 14.5%, identical to that of the third quarter of 2014.
As a result of the change in the working and unemployed population, the activity rate was 57.5% in the fourth quarter of 2014, 0.5 percentage points above that of the previous quarter.
As far as gender was concerned, the rise in employment had an effect both on women, with 3,500 more in work than in the previous quarter, and on men, whose number in work increased by 2,500. By province, the number of individuals in work increased by 2,500 in Bizkaia, by 2,300 in Gipuzkoa and by 1,100 in Álava.
The population in work increased in the primary sector and, above all, in the services sector
The number of people in work rose in the services sector by 11,100 and in the primary sector by 300, whilst in construction it fell by 1,700 and in industry, by 3,700.
The employment rate, the percentage of people in work aged 16 to 64 over the total for these ages, was up by 0.5 percentage points compared to the previous quarter, standing at 64.8%. This figure reached 68.6% for men and 61% for women.
By province, the highest employment rate turned out to be that of Gipuzkoa, with 67.9% and an increase of 0.5 percentage points compared to the previous quarter; this was followed by Álava, with a rate of 65.6% and an increase of 0.8 points; lastly, Bizkaia had the lowest rate, with 62.7% and an increase of 0.5 percentage points in the last quarter.
The number of salaried individuals with a permanent contract rose to 524,800, and those on a temporary contract or without a contract brought the total for this group up to 189,300.
In 5.6% of households all active individuals were unemployed
In the fourth quarter of 2014 it was estimated that there were 856,700 households in the Basque Country (600 fewer than the previous quarter), a third of which did not have any active individuals. In just over half of households, all of the active individuals were in work, 3,700 families less than the previous quarter; furthermore, households where all active individuals were unemployed stood at 48,300 (5.6% of the total), 300 fewer than in the third quarter.
The unemployment rate remained at 14.5%, unchanged with respect to the previous quarter but 0.7 percentage points lower than a year ago
The unemployed population in the Basque country, that is, individuals who are available for work, actively making enquiries and seeking employment, was estimated to be 152,300 in the fourth quarter of the year, 500 up on the previous quarter. The number of unemployed women, 73,200 individuals, was up by 3,600, whilst the number of unemployed men fell by 3,000, reaching a total of 79,200 for the quarter.
The data for the fourth quarter of 2014 revealed an unemployment rate of 14.5%, equal to that of the previous quarter, but seven tenths of a percentage point lower than the fourth quarter of 2013. The male unemployment rate fell to 14.2% (0.6 percentage points down) and the female rate was up 0.5 points, reaching 14.8%. The youth unemployment rate continued to be the highest, and stood at 40.1%, affecting 17,300 active young people between the ages of 16 and 24.
By province, the number of unemployed individuals was up by a thousand in Bizkaia and the unemployment rate stood at 15.7%. This was followed by Álava where unemployment rose by a hundred individuals and the unemployment rate reached 15.8%. On the other hand, there were five hundred fewer unemployed individuals in Gipuzkoa and the unemployment rate stood at 12.1%.
According to EUROSTAT, the Statistical Office of the European Union, in November 2014 the unemployment rate of the European Union-28 stood at 10% and that of Spain stood at 23.9%.
For further information:
Eustat - Euskal Estatistika Erakundea / Instituto Vasco de Estadística
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