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Spain's unemployment falls in May

06-03-2011 09:27 BJT

MADRID, June 2 (Xinhua) -- The number of the unemployed in Spain dropped by nearly 80,000 in May, down 1.87 percent over that in April, the Labor Ministry said Thursday.

It was the second largest fall in May since 1997.

However, the number of the jobless still reached 4,190,659, up by 123,457 year-on-year, the data showed.

The holiday season came as a relief, with 34,613 new jobs created in the service sector. Another positive sign was the falling unemployment among people below 25 -- with 16,896 finding jobs in May.

The positive monthly figure was a boost to the Spanish government, which is obsessed with an unemployment rate of 21 percent, the highest in euro zone.

"The numbers are positive and confirm what the government had anticipated," Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero told national radio, adding that "our objective is to consolidate the tendency in the remaining months of the year."

As June and July are also traditionally good months for the job market in Spain, the unemployment is expected to fall below the 4 million mark before the end of the summer.

Editor:Yang Jie |Source: Xinhua

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