The Government blames the rebound in unemployment on education and trusts in recovery

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And it is that the educational sector has added more than 10,000 employees

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The Government of the Canary Islands has argued this Tuesday that the rise in registered unemployment in the archipelago, where in July, compared to the previous month, it rose by 0.68%, is mainly due to the behavior of the education sector, which
adds more than 10,000 unemployedand has hoped that the economic recovery will continue to support enrollment figures.

In these terms, the Deputy Minister of Employment of the Autonomous Executive, Gustavo Santana, has expressed himself during a press conference to assess the data, of which he has highlighted, on the one hand, that the year-on-year data is of a decrease in unemployment from 24, 66% and that, for the first time since 2008, there are less than 200,000 people unemployed in July in the Canary Islands, about 191,000 in total.

«The July figure for registered unemployment, with just over 191,000 people, and the affiliation data are spectacular. The labor reform has brought the stabilization of data and
we are below 200,000 unemployed for the first time in more than a decade«, has highlighted the vice-counselor.

In this sense, he recalled that despite the fact that there may be an economic slowdown, the Government's forecasts are that the Canary Islands will continue to grow by around 4%, for which reason he has shown confidence in moving towards more positive data than the current ones .

"We are in a process of economic recovery in which, despite not being in 2019 figures, when there was very powerful economic activity, but the unemployment figure was higher at that time and Social Security affiliation was lower," he stressed. Santana, who has detailed that the affiliation has been reduced by 5,676 people compared to the previous month, although it increases by 8.35% in the interannual data and
places the number of affiliates at 838,986.

In this sense, the deputy minister added that, “if all goes well”, they foresee that registered unemployment could have a reduction at the end of the year in absolute terms “if the measures that fight against economic uncertainty work”.

He has also pointed out that there are other issues in the labor market that seem positive to him, such as the
subscription of collective agreements where salary increases are agreed, such as that of offices and offices, or the one that is being negotiated with the hotel industry.

“There is confidence in collective bargaining between employers and unions. Salary increases in an inflationary context will help to overcome this crisis in the best way so that workers and small businesses encourage internal consumption and that this will serve as an incentive for economic recovery", said Gustavo Santana.

He has also added that, for the moment, "with the registered unemployment data in hand", extraordinary measures are not required for specific sectors, except in the primary sector, and he has stressed that the tourism sector "has not yet given signs that the behavior is less than they expected.

Regarding the question of the educational sector, Santana has clarified that these 10,000 workers do not necessarily correspond to people who have been employed by the public administration, but rather it is a sector that includes
nursery or private sector workers that traditionally experience increases on these dates.

Regarding the preponderance of permanent contracts over temporary ones, Santana has pointed out that it is a consequence of the effects of the labor reform, since there are still some sectors that are adapting the modalities of their contracts.

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