Spain has shed the most jobs during Covid 19, job losses in the first half of the year were nearly three times higher here than in any other European country.
This does not take into account the furloughed workers still under the ERTE scheme, which allows employers to temporarily tell staff to stay at home or reduce their working hours.
Once the state-funded job protection program ends, a clearer picture will emerge of the true impact of coronavirus on employment.
Between April and June, employment in Spain fell by 7.5% according to the European Union’s statistics office, Eurostat.
This comes on top of a 1% decline in the first quarter of the year meaning the number of employed dropped by around 8% in the first half of 2020.
Figures provided by Spain’s National Statistics Institute (INE), meanwhile, show that the number of employed fell by 1.3 million between January and June.
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