The unemployment rate in Catalonia stood at a mean of 13.4% in 2017, with a total of 507,200 unemployed, 14.6% less than in 2016, according to the Labour Force Survey. The number of households with all their active members unemployed totalled 156,700 (5.2% of all catalan households) representing a year-over-year drop of 16.1%.
As for joung people under 25, the average annual unemployment rate fell 3.9 points with respect to 2016 standing at 30.4% of the active population between 16 and 24 of age.
The employed persons rose by 2.9% year-over-year, reaching a mean value of 3,275,300 people and, of these, 559,800 had an employment seniority of less than a year. The employment rate between the ages of 20 and 64 stood at 71.8% in 2017, 1.7 more than the previous year.
The population aged from 20 to 24 years with the certificate of secondary education decreased by 0.2 points with respect to the previous year and totalled 73.6%, while the population aged from 30 to 34 years with further studies at tertiary level grew 1.7 with respect to 2016 and totalled 44.8% (38.8% in the case of men and 50.6% in the case of women). The school dropout rate decreased slightly (0.9 points) and affected 17.1% of the population aged between 18 and 24.
In Spain, the unemployed population represented 17.2% of the active population and the number of households with all their active members unemployed stood at 1,269,200 (6.9% of the total) 14.4% fewer than in 2016.
Idescat publishes the summary of the 2017 Active Population Survey, as a complement to the results already presented in the monographic section devoted to the EPA.
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 the results of the APS for the area of Catalonia.