Unemployment fell in Catalonia by 106,200 people in the second quarter of 2017 compared to the previous year (-17.6%) standing at 497,400 unemployed people, with an unemployment rate of 13.20% (2.75 point less than previuos year) according to the Active Population Survey. By sex, the year-over-year decline in unemployment for women is higher than that of men (−20.4% and −14.5, respectively). By ages, stands the decrease in 25 to 54 years (−20.1%) followed by young people aged 16 to 24 years (−13.5%) and the population of 55 years and over (−9.7%).
The number of households with all its active members unemployed in the 2nd quarter of 2017 decreased by 28,000 (−15.1%) with respect to the same period of the previous year, and stands at 157,400 households.
The number of employed people rose by 89,200 individuals, 2.8% higher than the same period of the previous year, totalling 3,270,500 people. By sector, if we compare employment by the year-over-year rates, the highest absolute increase in employed people corresponds to the services sector (74,000; 3.1%), while in relative terms the increase in the construction sector (11.5%; 21,400 people) is particularly noteworthy. The only sector that has decreased is that of industry (12,800 people less, −2.2%). By sex, it is worth noting the increase in the employment of women (3.7%), outpacing that of men (2.1%). As for age groups, the greatest increase in employment from the previous year occurred in young people from 16 to 24 (7.6%); followed by the 55 and over age bracket (5.1%). Among the employees population, the increase in temporary contracts (8.7%) was much higher than permanent contracts (2.2%).
With regard to specific sectors, the population working in the cultural sector increased by 13.5% in the year-over-year, totalling 169,400 people, representing 5.2% of the total employment rate. By sex, the cultural sector employed 107,700 men and 61,800 women. The cultural sector in Spain provides jobs to a total of 767,000 people (9.1% higher than the same period in 2016), representing 4.1% of the total working population.
In the tourism sector, the number of employed people rose by 11.9% with respect to the second quarter of 2016, totalling 452,300 people (13.8% of the entire working population). By sex, the tourism sector employs 251,100 men and 201,300 women. The tourism sector in Spain provides jobs to a total of 2,527,100 people (1.8% higher than the previous year), representing 13.4% of the total working population.
The ICT sector employed 104,900 people in the second quarter of 2017 (26.1% more than one year ago), representing 3.2% of the total employment rate. The ICT sector in Spain provides jobs to a total of 505,200 people (10.6% higher than the previous year), representing 2.7% of the total working population
The statistical source of this data is the Active population survey (EPA in its Catalan acronym). EPA is a continuous sampling survey carried out in all of Spain by the INE on a quarterly basis, the main purpose of which is to study the relationship with the economic activity of the population. Idescat completes the quarterly results of the EPA for the area of Catalonia.