The number of registered jobless in Spain has risen for the first time in seven months as the tourist sector laid off workers after the summer season.
Unemployment in September rose by 0.5%, or 25,572, to 4.7 million, with the service sector shedding 52,000 jobs, according to Labour Ministry data.
However, the jobless level in industry and construction continued to fall.
Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy hailed the figures as the “the best jobless data for September in many years”.
Spain has been in recession for most of the past four years, but the government has forecast that the economy will grow this year.
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