Unemployment in Xàbia rose in January to 1,268

The total for January 2023 was over 270 less than pre-pandemic levels in January 2020.

Monday 27th February 2023
Mike Smith

Unemployment in Xàbia increased for the fourth successive month In January, according to figures provided by the State Public Employment Service (SPEE), although since only those people who registered as unemployed are counted, the true figure is likely to be higher.

An increase of 47 compared to December 2022 means that the number of registered unemployed in January rose to 1,268. This is a much better figure when compared to January 2022 (1,444) although effective comparison isn’t possible due to the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic at the time, when the Omicron variant was spreading through the region, resulting in the number of infections rising to record levels and the adaption of social restrictions to try and stop its advance, undermining any possible economic stability.

However, when compared to pre-pandemic levels (the total of registered unemployed in January 2020 was 1,541, there is a clear difference of 273 which suggests that whilst the current figure is still high, a positive trend is continuing despite a gradual increase month after month.

Even so, the same old patterns are repeated. In January 2023, women in Xàbia was the group most affected by unemployment, with 734 (20 more than December 2022) whilst unemployed men numbered 534 (27 more).

In both male and female, the most affected age group was once against those over the age of 45 (426 women and 324 men), whilst the 25-44 age group registered 450 unemployed (273 and 177) and those under the age of 25 numbered 67 (32 men and 35 women).

By sectors: Services had the largest number of registered unemployed (1,001, an increase of 45), Construction remained the same with 141, both Industry and Agriculture & Fisheries rose by one person (49 and 13) whilst 64 people registered for the first time as unemployed.

With regards to employment contracts, the number rose by 65 to 371 in January 2023 of which 228 were permanent (122 men and 106 women), 171 were temporary (64 and 63) whilst 16 changed from temporary to permanent (9 men and 6 women).