The month of August closed with a total of 2,275,096 workers in employment related to tourist activities and representing 12.2% of the total affiliates in the national economy, according to the data included in the Report on Employment in Tourism prepared by Turespaña, dependent on the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, and released today.
The sector has lost 39,875 contributors compared to the previous month, thus breaking the positive trend registered in July.
The Secretary of State for Tourism, Fernando Valdés, considers that the data for August “partly reflect the impact of the quarantines imposed by some countries on travelers from Spain, which has slowed down the recovery that began in July, when the sector gained 100,099 new members ”.
Affiliation by sectors and communities
In year-on-year terms, the sector has lost 351,029 contributors, representing a fall of 13.4%. The decrease occurred in all tourist branches: hospitality decreased in the last 12 months by 273,849 affiliates (172,022 belonging to food and beverage services and 101,827 in accommodation services); Travel agencies and tour operators lost 9,733 workers and other tourism activities decreased by 67,447 affiliates.
By Autonomous Communities, the greatest decreases in affiliation in the last year occurred, in relative terms, in the Balearic Islands (-29.1%), Catalonia (-17%) and Andalusia (-15.7), followed by the Valencian Community (-14.5); Galicia (-14.1); Extremadura (-14%), Murcia and Castilla La Mancha (-13.4%); Aragon and La Rioja with a fall of 13.3%, respectively, Castilla y León (-12.9%); Canary Islands and Cantabria (-12.4%) and Navarra (-11.5%). The decrease has been smoother in Ceuta and Melilla (-3.8%), Asturias (-8%); Basque Country (-8.2%) and Community of Madrid (-9.7%).
In absolute values, Catalonia (with 53,941 fewer affiliates), Andalusia (-51,240) and the Balearic Islands (-48,632) lead the loss of employment in the tourism sector.