Number of jobless in Spain nears 3m in November
The number of registered unemployed in Spain rose by 6.0 percent, or 171,243 jobless, in November over the previous month, the eighth consecutive monthly increase, to reach 2,989,269 people, the labour ministry said Tuesday.
Since October 2007 the number has risen 42.7 percent, or 894,796 jobless, it said in a statement.
The ministry does not release the unemployment rate, which is measured by the national statistics institute INE. It stood at 11.3 percent in the third quarter, the highest rate in 27-nation European Union.
Deputy Labor Minister Maravillas Rojo blamed the rise on the global financial crisis, which she said "had hit in full all aspects of the economy" but she expressed confidence that government measures to fight unemployment would bear fruit.