The number of people in Catalonia who had some sort of administrative relationship with Social Security was 5,094,825 in 2015, whether as contributors, pensioners or residents. Of these 3,549,500 were registered for paid employment for at least one day, a figure which is 0.3% less than the previous year and 11.3% less than in 2007, the year before the start of the economic crisis. Of these 3,549,500 people, 2,172,450 were registered for paid employment all year, 0.1% more than in 2014 and 11.5% less than in 2007.
The number of people that received an unemployment benefit or subsidy for at least one day was 737,000 in 2015, a figure which represents a decrease of 12.6% compared to 2014 and an increase of 32.0% compared to 2007. Of these people, 74,200 were beneficiaries all year. As for the receipt of contributory pensions, 1,487,350 people were beneficiaries at some point during the year and, of these, 1,274,825 were beneficiaries all year.
The Longitudinal Statistics on Working Lives are a statistical treatment of the files in the Continuous Sample of Working Lives (MCVL), which are produced annually. The population studied by the MCVL consists of all people that were registered for employment or that received contributory pensions at any time during the year of reference, regardless of how long they were in this situation.