Unemployment fell in Catalonia by 76,900 people in the third quarter of 2017 compared to the previous year (−13.9%) standing at 475,600 unemployed people, with an unemployment rate of 12.54% (2.09 point less than previuos year) according to the Active Population Survey. By sex, the year-over-year decline in unemployment for men is higher than that of women (−15.0% and −12.8, respectively). By ages, stands the decrease in 25 to 54 years (−21.0%), while in the 55 years and over bracket the unemployment people increased by 5.5% year-over-year .
The number of households with all its active members unemployed in the third quarter of 2017 decreased by 28,600 (−16.7%) with respect to the same period of the previous year, and stands at 143,100 households.
The number of employed people rose by 92,700 individuals, 2.8% higher than the same period of the previous year, totalling 3,316,600 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 (44,800; 1.9%), while in relative terms the increase in the construction sector (12.6%; 24,100 people) is particularly noteworthy. Industry also has a positive year-over-year variation (19,900 people; 3.4%). By sex, it is worth noting the increase in the employment of men (3.6%), outpacing that of women (2.0%). As for age groups, the greatest increase in employment from the previous year occurred in young people from 16 to 24 (8.6%); followed by population from 45 to 54 age bracket (6.9%). Among the employees population, the increase in permanent ccontracts (3.9%) was much higher than temporary contracts (2.0%).
With regard to specific sectors, the population working in the cultural sector increased by 4.7% in the year-over-year, totalling 166,000 people, representing 5.0% of the total employment rate. By sex, the cultural sector employed 105,500 men and 60,400 women.
In the tourism sector, the number of employed people rose by 7.8% with respect to the third quarter of 2016, totalling 465,100 people (14.0% of the entire working population). By sex, the tourism sector employs 262,300 men and 202,900 women.
The ICT sector employed 112,900 people in the third quarter of 2017 (24.4% more than one year ago), representing 3.4% of the total employment rate.
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.