The Minister of Employment, Elena Máñez, pointed out that this week a line of subsidies to generate work will be published in the BOE
The Minister of Economy, Knowledge and Employment of the Government of the Canary Islands, Elena Máñez, has specified this Tuesday that
unemployment among people over 45 years old increased by 2% since the outbreak of
covid-19 pandemicup to 116,000, 58% of the total, according to data from last April.
In a parliamentary commission, Máñez has indicated that this age group "has been the one that has suffered the most from the impact of the crisis for a long time, not this one, but since the previous one", the financial crisis of 2008.
But he has clarified that in December 2007 there were 47,000 people over 45 unemployed in the Canary Islands, while in December 2013 there were 114,000,
which represented an increase of 142.1%.
Since then, the counselor has continued, these figures have remained at a "similar" margin until the arrival of the pandemic, which caused an increase of 2%.
"Comparatively, in this crisis -the one derived from covid-19- the impact has been less", thanks, Elena Máñez emphasized, to "the support and protection measures" to avoid job destruction in the volumes of the decade past, in which the previous
labour reformhe said, had no effect in this regard.
A message, the latter, addressed to the PP deputy Fernando Enseñat, who has indicated that despite the fact that any decrease in unemployment, "as small as it may be, is welcome", the reality of the labor market in the Canary Islands is "far from complacency and self-aggrandizement» of the regional government.
Enseñat has emphasized that
Canarias is the community with the highest unemployment rateand that most of the hiring comes from the public sector and part of it is temporary, in addition to the pull of the tourism sector, despite the fact that it faced "zero tourism without government help".
It has also meant that despite the 'money invested',
The Canary Islands continue to lead in terms of unskilled employmentas well as in youth unemployment.
It has abounded that if unemployment among the youngest "is serious and much, that of their parents is dramatic and painful", because "they are fathers and mothers of families with loads on their backs", and also their unemployment situation "affects upon his retirement."
Enseñat has emphasized that "losing your job at 45 costs twice as much" to get it back or find another, it has wondered "how many times" these people have heard that they are "too old or that they are very prepared, or little prepared", and has concluded that in the eyes of the administration "they are invisible."
Elena Máñez has refuted these statements by stating that those over 45 years of age are part of the "strategic actions" of her department.
And it has advanced that this week will be published in the Official Bulletin of the Canary Islands a
line of subsidies for 12 million euros for employment-generating projects in collaboration with local corporations, in which training plans are incorporated that improve employability aimed at long-term unemployed.
A condition, that of having been unemployed for years, which greatly affects the group of people over 45 years of age.
The Minister of Employment has also indicated, to questions from the deputy of the Nationalist group (CC-PNC-AHI) Cristina Valido, that the companies have until June 30 to complete the training plans to which the last extension of the ERTE linked access to a greater exemption.
Valido wanted to know what the impact of this connection has been on the Canary Islands.
In the Canary Islands they are
21,000 workers in erte likely to benefit from such training, paid for by the central administration.
Elena Máñez has also highlighted in the parliamentary committee the importance of the participation of the Canary Islands in the complementary green hydrogen plan, which, if it was important before the Russian invasion of Ukraine, is even more important now, to advance in economic decarbonisation and in energy sovereignty.
Another of the objectives of this "country project", he emphasized following a question from the socialist deputy Mauricio Roque, is the reduction of costs, so that they are "competitive and affordable".