The slowdown in the labor market has also strongly affected the self-employed. According to the data of the National Federation of Associations of Autonomous Workers (ATA) the first quarter of the year closed with a decrease of 585 self-employed workers.
During the first quarter of 2019, the number of freelancers has gone from 3,254,663 self-employed workers registered last year to 3,254,078 registered until March of this year.
According to ATA, this is the first decline recorded in the last five years in the first quarter and contrasts "strongly" with the increase of 25,772 self-employed people registered last year.
While in 2018 only three communities failed to add self-employed workers in the first quarter, this year there have been seven that have added self-employed and ten that have closed the first three months of the year in negative.
On the side of the upturns, the Balearic Islands has stood out as the community that has led the growth of self-employed workers in the analyzed period, after recording an increase of 1.6%, to 1,418 new self-employed workers.
Behind, Murcia (+ 0.4%), Comunidad Valenciana and Extremadura (+ 0.3% in both) and Madrid (+ 0.1%) follow. On the opposite side, the decreases recorded in Asturias stand out (-0.7%), followed by Aragón, Cantabria, Castilla y León and Castilla-La Mancha, which have registered a relative decrease of 0.6%.
When analyzing the data by gender, it is observed that "women are the ones who have led the entrepreneurship in Spain". Thus, autonomous women increased by 1.1% in the first quarter, with a total increase of 930 autonomous women, compared with the decrease of 1,515 male self-employed.
By sector, self-employed workers lost trade (-5,272), industry (-4,616) and agriculture (-187), while in construction, education and health activities there was an increase of 2,640, 1,748 and 836, respectively.
The president of ATA, Lorenzo Amor, has ensured that he is concerned about this situation and has called for measures to encourage entrepreneurship, help create jobs and consolidate activities.