Employment increased in April by 134,396 people affiliated with Social Security compared to March (+ 0.71%) and registered unemployment fell by 39,012 people (-0.99%), according to data published this Wednesday by the Ministry of Social Security and Labor. April is a common month for job creation, fueled by the boost from tourism, often due to Easter and the start of activities driven by good weather. This year there could not have been much of this push. The data from last April are still atypical due to the coronavirus, but even so, membership increased and unemployment fell, although to a lesser extent than in “normal” years.
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The total number of average affiliates to Social Security stood at 19,055,298 people and the total number of unemployed people registered with the public employment offices (SEPE) stood at 3,910,628.
Another positive marker of employment in the month, this one linked to the pandemic, is the decrease in workers in temporary employment regulation files (ERTE). The month of April ended with 638,283 people in ERTE, which represents a drop of some 36,600 less compared to the end of March. Remember that in April there was the so-called fourth wave of the pandemic in Spain, much less intense than the previous ones.
Job creation in April is below that registered in previous years, as can be seen in the following graph, although the circumstances of this April remain exceptional due to the pandemic.