February 28, 2021

Social Security exceeds 19.5 million affiliates for the first time

The Social Security has surpassed the historical maximum of affiliation with 19.5 million employed people after adding 75,584 workers in June, the smallest advance for this month in four years, according to the data released on Tuesday by the Ministry of Labor.

Until this month of June, the highest affiliation data corresponded to July 2007, just before the outbreak of the crisis in the US, with 19,493,050 workers, 24,647 less than in June of this year (19,517,697).

The system has reached this record with the lowest growth in membership for a month of June since 2015.

As for the annual evolution, Social Security has added 510,707 members in the last year, 2.69% more, a somewhat lower rate than in previous months.

As for the number of unemployed registered in the offices of the Public State Employment Service (SEPE) was reduced by 63,805 people during June, the smallest cut in that month since 2009, but leaving the total number of unemployed in 3,015,686, the lowest figure since November 2008.

The Acting Minister of Labor, Magdalena Valerio, pointed out that this is "good and hopeful" data and that work is done so that people who are still unemployed find a decent and quality job.

"The crisis has come out in terms of affiliation but not in salaries," said Secretary of State for Social Security, Octavio Granado; who has joked that Social Security feel better PSOE governments than the PP, contrary to what happens to Real Madrid with the Champions League.

By sectors, affiliation grew in most economic sectors in June, especially in the hotel sector, with 37,225; health, 31,799 more; and commerce, with 28,217 new members.

Faced with this, employment in education was reduced, 53,423 fewer workers, coinciding with the end of the school year, when interim teachers cease, a situation that Granado has called "pernicious."

As for the special agrarian system, it lost 30,927 members after the completion of some campaigns, while the system of domestic workers fell by 1,163, to 405,701 workers, and the self-employed regime added 8,745 to 3.2 million people.

By communities, the Social Security added affiliates in June in the majority, especially in Catalonia (28,596); Baleares (23,127), Castilla-La Mancha (10,731), Madrid (9,838), Castilla y León (7,706), Aragón (6,851) and Galicia (6,787).

And it fell in two: Andalusia (33,321 less affiliates) and Murcia (2,081 less).

As for unemployment, the largest outflow of unemployment was in services (51,752 fewer unemployed), followed by the group that had not worked before (7,994), industry (5,808) and construction (4,066), while unemployment increases in agriculture (5,815 more people).

By regions, unemployment was reduced in all, but mainly in Catalonia (13,819), followed a long way by Castilla y León (7,169) and Madrid (6,523).

The general secretaries of CCOO and UGT, Unai Sordo and Pepe Álvarez, have also considered that the creation of employment is always good news, but have had an impact on the fact that it is slowing down and that low-quality work continues to be generated, which in many Sometimes it does not even last throughout the summer season.

The president of the CEOE, Antonio Garamendi, has recognized that part of the employment that is being created is seasonal, given that Spain is a very tourist country, but has considered that it is a type of employment that "will always be there" and that should not be synonymous with precariousness.

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