Beatriz Artolazabal: "Basque Country closes 2016 with 13,844 people unemployed less, 9.23% less than the previous year"
• Unemployment decreases in december with 1,527 unemployed people less than in november
• Indefinite contracts increased by 9.15%
• The number of long-term unemployed continues to decline
• "These data encourage working hard on policies aimed at reducing unemployment below 10%"
The Basque Autonomous Community closed December with 1,527 unemployed people less than the previous month and 13,844 less than at the beginning of the year. This is equivalent to a monthly decline of 1.11% and a decrease of 9.23% throughout 2016. Now there are 136,173 unemployed people, equivalent to an unemployment rate of 13.1%. The Basque Government intends to reduce this rate to below 10% throughout the legislature.