The coverage of the unemployment protection system last September was 56.6%, which means that 43.4% of unemployed people do not receive benefits, a percentage that has improved by almost two points compared to a year before , when it was covered at 54.8%.
According to the data published today by the Ministry of Labor, Migration and Social Security, the beneficiaries of existing unemployment benefits at the end of September were 1,711,575, with a decrease compared to the same month of the previous year of 2.8%.
Of the total beneficiaries of unemployment benefits, 714,246 were recipients of the contributory benefit; 713,534, of the subsidy; 156,445, of active insertion income; 109,689, of the subsidy of eventual agrarian and 17,661 of the extinct program of activation for employment (PAE).
Total expenditure on benefits in September reached 1,425.9 million euros, 0.8% more than the same month of the previous year.
The average monthly expenditure per beneficiary, without including the agricultural subsidy of Andalusia and Extremadura, was 858.2 euros, which means an increase over the same month of the previous year of 30.6 euros (3.7% more).
One out of every ten beneficiaries of unemployment benefits was foreign, with a total of 171,616, which is 1.5% more than the same month of the previous year.
This increase was possible due to the increase in beneficiaries among people from EU countries (1.4%) and from outside the EU (1.6%).
The beneficiaries of foreign benefits accounted for 33% of the total of foreign job seekers in September and a total of 118.3 million euros were allocated to them (4% more than in 2017), which in relation to the total expenditure of the unemployment benefits account for 8.3%.
The total number of applications for benefits throughout the country registered in September amounted to 594,061, representing 2.8% more than the same month of the previous year, while the processing was 565,576, 2.4% more than in 2017.