The beginning of the high tourist season and Christmas boost employment in the archipelago

The beginning of the high tourist season and Christmas boost employment in the archipelago

The beginning in the islands of the high season in tourism In November it marked the difference between the evolution of the labor market in the peninsula and in the Canary Islands. Faced with the destruction of employment (11,583 people) and a contained drop in unemployment at the national level (-0.89%), employment was generated in the Canary Islands last month at a good pace and Unemployment fell twice as much as nationally. The productive structure of the islands has a positive impact despite the slowdown. They also added workers on Black Friday and the start of the Christmas campaign, the best time of year for commerce and with a great impact on restaurants due to lunches, dinners and events during these dates.

In November The number of workers increased in the Canary Islands by 7,600 people in just 30 days (0.8%), which brings the number of contributors to a new record of 903,686, according to data published this Monday by Social Security. In this framework, the self-employed also grow. In November they did so by 2.2%, up to 140,501. Besides, Unemployment fell by 2,636 people, by 1.5%, reducing the number of unemployed on the islands to 170,534, according to data from the Ministry of Labor and Social Economy. At the national level there are 2.7 million unemployed.

The contracts, for their part, rose 2.4%, to 1,543, compared to the previous month. In a detailed analysis of this good data and on a negative note, it should be noted that almost half of the employment created in November is temporary and has a fixed duration. They are aimed at covering the need for employment during the Christmas season. As indicated by Social Security data and analyzed by the Canarian Confederation of Entrepreneurs (CCE), 97% of new jobs, that is, nine out of ten were generated by the service sector. In more detail, the hospitality industry was the main driver of job creation, with 2,384 new worker positions. Today the sector has 162,706 contributors (almost 20,000 more than in the same month of 2019). In commerce, employment grew by 1,620 people, to 162,772 members, above the hospitality industry. Both - hospitality and commerce - created 4,000 jobs.

Construction and industry also recorded increases in employment, with 120 and 264 more people, with an increase in percentage rate of less than 0.5%.

The education and public administration branches also created employment in the last month and added 1,178 new contributors (+2.2%) and 1,004 (+2.0%), respectively. Jobs were destroyed in agriculture (180 people) and health and social activities (with 665 fewer), as well as people discharged from domestic tasks, with a decrease of 52 members.

Evolution of the labor market in November


More are registered in the Canary Islands in the month of November. Social Security affiliates reach a record of 903,686. Tourism and commerce are behind.


Fewer are registered on the islands in the month of November. The number of unemployed stands at 170,354. Unemployment fell more among them with more intensity.


They were registered on the islands at the end of November. The number of entrepreneurs continues to rise. Last month the rebound was 2.2%, according to Social Security.

If we focus on unemployment, Unemployment fell by 2,636 people, of which 57% were women. Unemployment among women fell more intensely and was cut by 1,655, while among men the cut was 981. Even so, today they total 97,730 while the unemployed rise to 72,804.

Commerce, for Black Friday and the Christmas campaign, was the one that led to the decrease in unemployment. Specifically, it decreased by 2.3%, by 651 people, followed by the hospitality industry, with a decrease of 1.97%, by 503 people.

By island, it is striking that unemployment falls in those with more dynamism and weight of the tourism sector and rises, however, in La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro, with increases of 0.47%; 11.43% and 4.23%, respectively, according to data from the Employment Observatory of the Government of the Canary Islands (Obecan). The greatest decrease in unemployment occurs in Lanzarote, with a fall of close to 3%, followed by Gran Canaria, with a decrease of 1.77% (1,332 people), and Tenerife, with 1.57% fewer unemployed (1,174 ). Regarding contracts, 65,109 agreements were closed, which were distributed almost 50% between men and women. Of course, the monthly increase, in 1,543 contracts, was concentrated in them, with 4.2% more, while among them the increase was 0.64%.