Social Security affiliates linked to tourism activities grew by 3.1% year-on-year in April, reaching 2,495,462 affiliates, according to the data released today by Turespaña, under the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism. This figure is the highest of the historical series in a month of April. The affiliates in tourism activities accounted for 13% of the total number of affiliates in the national economy.

In the national economy as a whole, total affiliates grew by 2.8% in April, which meant the creation of 522,941 jobs, of which 74,323 corresponded to activities related to tourism.

Secretary of State for Tourism, Isabel Oliver, values ​​positively that tourism employment continues to grow and record records, and ensures that "these figures support the Government's work in pursuit of quality employment, a line we will continue to bet on" .

In April, affiliates linked to tourism activities grew in all tourist branches: the hotel industry grew by 36,976 members (28,703 more members in the food and beverage services, and 8,273 more in the accommodation services), the other tourist activities increased in 34,160 members, and in travel agencies there was an increase of 3,187 workers. Highlight the positive behavior of this branch since December 2014.

Last month the number of employees in the tourism sector, which represents 80.5% of the total, grew by 3.5% compared to the same month of the previous year, while self-employment (19.5% of the total) increased 1.2%.

Data by autonomous communities

In April, employment in the group of hotels and travel agencies / tour operators grew in all the autonomous communities except Murcia, Asturias and Cantabria.

In absolute terms, Andalusia was the community in which tourism employment grew the most (293,625 affiliates). In relative terms, the interannual increases in Andalusia (3.5%) and the Balearic Islands (3.4%) stand out.

In addition, salaried affiliates increased in some communities and decreased in others. The highest increases occurred in Andalusia (4.1%) and Comunidad Valenciana (3.9%), while the most notable decreases took place in Cantabria (-2.5%) and Murcia (-0.6%).

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