After the motion of censure, from the environment of the right have been anticipating the apocalypse and the recession. The reality is that, with Europe stagnating and Germany and Italy in recession, Spain accounted for 30% of the growth of the eurozone. The GDP grew 0.7%, more than with the PP governing in the first half. In January, Social Security enrollment increased by 3% compared to January 2018, with 40,000 new jobs created if we eliminated the seasonal effect.
But, as in 2004, the growth engine is brick and PP leaves stagnant productivity. Since 2012 the mantra has been that the labor reform changed the growth model. But last year exports were stagnant. And industrial production ended the year with a fall of 6% per year, the highest since 2012, and employment in the sector fell by 1.5% per year.
Trump's trade war has stopped world trade in its tracks and has especially affected Europe, the most open area in the world. Two thirds of our exports go to Europe and half are intra-industry trade. Sales of cars in China fall by 10%, Volkswagen decreases its production, exports of aluminum profiles of the Passat that occur in Arganda del Rey, near Madrid, fall and there are dismissals in Spain. The protectionists and those who ask for less globalization hide that millions of Spaniards who work thanks to exports would lose their jobs with their proposals.
The Brexit and the crisis in Turkey, with a fall of its imports close to 10%, has affected especially our automotive sector, which registered a collapse of its production of 10% last December. A sector that explains, like tourism, about 10% of our GDP and employment.
A sector penalized by the fall also of 10% of the sales of cars of individuals in Spain, influenced by the demonization of the diesel cars that we have lived since last summer. Messages such as: "They have their days numbered", "we raise the diesel tax" or "they will not be able to enter the center of the cities" have taken effect and the Spaniards have withdrawn their purchases or have opted for much more polluting second hand cars .
If we want to encourage the electric car, let's make plans like France, which will invest 20,000 million euros. Let's help families buy cars that are still expensive, especially for Spaniards who have precarious wages. Invest in innovation to develop Spanish technology. Let's make professional training plans to prepare our workers for the challenges of competition, mainly Chinese, robotization and aging of the staff. This will help make it economically viable to buy sustainable vehicles.
This plan will take, while we concentrate our efforts to reduce the polluting emissions in installing photovoltaic solar energy, especially in self-consumption in the industry and in new and used buildings in the center of our cities. In addition, we will reduce the electricity bill of our companies and families, without the need for subsidies.