The Minister of Labor and Social Economy, Yolanda Díaz, announced this Thursday that unemployment registered a record decline in September, which he described as “the best figure since the 1990s,” as he specified. All this just a couple of days after having closed an agreement with the social agents to extend the ERTE until next January 31 and within hours – at 9 in the morning – of the month’s unemployment data being made public of September.
In this way, the minister has assured, not only will the Social Security affiliation data be good September, but also unemployment rates. In August, Labor reported that registered unemployment rose by 54,371 people compared to July to 3,065,804 unemployed with a membership that decreased by 212,984 members compared to the previous month, 1.04%. Despite which, the affiliation stood at one of its highest records, 19,320,227 of employed persons. A circumstance in which the figure of the ERTE could have had to do, in which some 700,000 workers are immersed.
On behalf of the ERTE
On the ERTE, the Minister of Labor starred in a controversy during a press conference with the head of Inclusion José Luis Escrivá last June. Specifically, Díaz, to questions from journalists, stated that «ERTE are not unemployed. We have done them so as not to destroy jobs ». In this sense, he ironic about the “great difficulty in understanding how ERTE work” among informants.
For his part, the Minister of Inclusion, Social Security and Migrations, José Luis Escrivá, already announced yesterday that some 100,000 jobs were created in September on average and seasonally adjusted terms. For the head of Labor, this evolution means that, if the disease is controlled, “things will go well.” “And we also have the ERTE mattress,” he recalled.
Díaz, in statements to La Sexta collected by Europa Press, has affirmed that he is aware that, despite the good employment figures for September, “People’s suffering is alien to these data.”