The unemployment rate stood at 14.63% in Catalonia in the third quarter of 2016, with a total of 552,500 unemployed, 107,100 fewer than a year ago, according to the Active Population Survey. By age, reducing unemployment highlights both in the population aged 16 to 24 years (-22.2%) and in 55 years and more (-21.2%); by sex, the decrease in unemployment of men (-17.5%) exceeds that of women (-15.0%). The number of households with all active unemployed is 171,700, 28,400 households less than in the third quarter of 2015.
The employed population increased by 113,100 people, 3.6% more than in the same period last year, and stands at 3,223,900 people. By sectors, if we compare employment in annual terms, it's especially notable the increase of the employed population in services (109,100 in absolute terms and 4.8% in relative terms); construction (6.7%) and agriculture (10.6%) also increase, while industry decreased (-2.2%). By ages, the largest increase in employment in year-over-year terms is among young people in the 16 to 24 age group (12.6%), followed by the population of 55 years and over (9.6%). Among the salaried employed population highlights the annual increase rate of temporary contracts (14.3%), while the indefinite grows less (1.5%).
The Active population survey is a set of sample based statistics of continuous character that carries out the INE with quarterly periodicity for all the Spanish territory, the main aim of which is to find out the relationship with the economic activity of the population. The Idescat broadens quarterly the results of the APS for the area of Catalonia.