The number of unemployed registered in the offices of public employment services was reduced by 63,805 people in the month of June, according to data released by the Ministry of Labor, Migration and Social Security. This figure is the lowest for a month of June since 2009 and reflects the effects of the slowdown on job creation. Thus, the total number of unemployed stands at 3,015,686 people, the lowest figure since November 2008.

In year-on-year terms, unemployment has been reduced in the last year by 146,476 people, at an inter-annual rate of 4.63%.

With regard to the seasonally adjusted data, unemployment has increased in June by 8,986 people compared to the previous month.

Unemployment has been reduced in all sectors of activity, with the exception of agriculture. The biggest decrease was registered in the group Without previous employment (7,994 unemployed less), followed by the services sector (51,752 fewer unemployed), industry (5,808 unemployed less) and construction (4,066 unemployed less).

Refering to Social Security affiliation, in June there was an increase of 75,584 workers, the lowest since 2015. It should be noted that, once corrected for seasonal effects, the increase in membership is practically halved in June. Along with the above, it is also necessary to point out that there is an upward effect of this increase in membership that is produced by the timely inclusion of non-professional caregivers in that period.

In the last twelve months, the system has gained 510,707 employees, of which 498,352 are affiliated to the General Scheme. The average affiliation to Social Security is 19,517,697 employed.

With regard to contracting, the total number of contracts registered in June exceeded 2,000,000.

These data reflect that Job creation is slowing down as a result of the slowdown in planned economic activity.

This situation makes It is essential to undertake with the utmost urgency the implementation of measures to stimulate productive activity, especially aimed at small and medium-sized enterprises, which are the engine of economic growth and employment and the first affected by the slowdown.

The political paralysis in which we are immersed is relegating the development of these necessary policies and measures of impulse and can condition the rhythm of economic growth, putting at risk also the continuity of the recovery of employment. Therefore, from the Spanish Confederation of Small and Medium Enterprises, CEPYMEWe insist once again on the need to complete the training processes of the central and regional governments as soon as possible and to recover the political pulse to give priority to economic recovery and employment.

All this in a framework of stability and moderation, which is the most appropriate context for the strengthening of productive activity and putting SMEs at the center of economic policies, since these companies are responsible for 75% of employment in our country.

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