Skip to main content
Employment rate. By sex. Provinces 2021
Barcelona Girona Lleida Tarragona Catalonia Spain
Men
2021 58.9 58.6 61.6 56.0 58.7 55.3
2020 57.6 57.4 58.9 55.3 57.4 54.2
2019 59.5 60.7 60.9 56.5 59.4 56.3
2018 59.6 60.3 58.3 56.9 59.3 55.7
2017 59.0 57.9 59.0 55.3 58.5 54.6
2016 57.6 55.9 60.4 54.4 57.3 53.3
2015 55.6 55.6 60.3 54.2 55.8 52.0
2014 53.9 54.0 57.9 52.2 54.0 50.3
2013 52.5 52.3 57.1 51.1 52.6 49.4
2012 53.5 52.4 55.5 53.1 53.5 50.6
2011 56.8 55.8 58.7 56.3 56.8 53.3
2010 58.1 59.1 58.5 55.9 58.0 54.8
2009 58.9 59.3 63.1 58.3 59.1 56.5
2008 66.3 67.4 66.3 65.0 66.3 62.6
2007 68.7 69.5 68.5 67.7 68.7 64.9
2006 68.9 70.4 68.3 67.5 68.9 64.8
2005 68.0 69.9 67.5 68.3 68.2 64.1
2004 65.8 69.8 64.8 65.6 66.1 62.6
2003 66.1 67.1 64.4 67.0 66.2 62.1
2002 64.9 66.9 64.1 66.6 65.2 61.5
2001 64.5 71.9 64.4 67.9 65.4 61.2
Women
2021 50.5 50.9 49.6 44.9 49.9 44.8
2020 48.6 49.6 51.5 43.8 48.3 43.1
2019 50.8 52.3 51.3 45.8 50.4 44.8
2018 49.9 50.4 48.5 45.7 49.5 44.0
2017 49.2 49.7 46.2 45.4 48.7 43.1
2016 48.1 48.9 46.0 42.8 47.5 42.2
2015 46.2 46.3 46.5 43.6 46.0 41.1
2014 46.4 46.4 45.6 43.3 46.0 40.0
2013 44.6 47.5 47.2 41.0 44.7 39.6
2012 45.2 46.0 46.0 41.9 45.0 40.5
2011 47.4 46.6 47.0 44.8 47.0 41.7
2010 47.5 48.6 44.3 45.4 47.2 42.0
2009 47.9 47.2 47.5 44.5 47.5 42.6
2008 51.1 49.1 50.2 47.4 50.5 44.4
2007 50.4 50.1 47.9 47.5 49.9 44.2
2006 49.2 52.0 45.3 47.2 49.0 43.0
2005 48.0 51.1 44.6 44.7 47.7 41.4
2004 45.1 49.9 41.7 44.6 45.3 39.0
2003 43.4 46.2 37.8 44.9 43.5 37.3
2002 41.3 44.8 36.8 42.3 41.5 35.8
2001 40.3 47.6 40.4 41.4 41.0 34.3
Total
2021 54.6 54.7 55.6 50.4 54.2 49.9
2020 52.9 53.5 55.3 49.5 52.7 48.5
2019 55.0 56.5 56.1 51.1 54.8 50.4
2018 54.6 55.3 53.4 51.3 54.2 49.7
2017 53.9 53.8 52.7 50.3 53.5 48.7
2016 52.7 52.4 53.3 48.6 52.3 47.6
2015 50.7 50.9 53.5 48.9 50.7 46.4
2014 50.0 50.2 51.8 47.7 49.9 45.0
2013 48.4 49.9 52.2 46.0 48.5 44.4
2012 49.2 49.2 50.9 47.5 49.2 45.4
2011 52.0 51.2 52.9 50.6 51.8 47.4
2010 52.7 53.9 51.5 50.7 52.5 48.3
2009 53.3 53.4 55.4 51.5 53.2 49.4
2008 58.6 58.4 58.4 56.3 58.3 53.3
2007 59.3 60.0 58.4 57.8 59.2 54.4
2006 58.8 61.3 57.0 57.5 58.8 53.7
2005 57.7 60.6 56.2 56.6 57.8 52.5
2004 55.2 59.9 53.3 55.2 55.5 50.5
2003 54.5 56.6 51.1 56.0 54.6 49.4
2002 52.8 55.8 50.4 54.4 53.1 48.4
2001 52.0 59.5 52.6 54.5 52.9 47.4
Units: Per cent (annual averages).
Source: Idescat, based on data from the INE's Economically Active Population Survey.

Methodological note

Definition of concepts

Employment rate
Ratio between the employed population and the population aged 16 years or more.

Methodological aspects

The Economically Active Population Survey (EPA) is the main source of information about the labour market. The EPA is a sample-based research study of an ongoing nature conducted on a quarterly basis throughout Spain by the INE. The data presented in the Yearbook, however, corresponds to the national averages of of the quarterly results in relation to the following concepts:

  • active population
  • activity rate
  • employed population
  • employment rate
  • unemployed population
  • unemployment rate

The Idescat produces an extension of the annual results of the EPA that enables more detailed analysis of these variables and by specific groups:

  • employed population (by type of working day, by time in current job)
  • salaried working population
  • type of household in accordance with the relations its members have with economic activity

Agriculture and industry terms refer to sections A (agriculture, livestock, forestry and fishing) and BE (mining and quarrying, manufacturing, energy, water and waste) of the NACE.

Until 2007 economic activity is classified according to the Catalan classification of economic activities 1993 Revision 1 (CCAE Rev.1). From 2008, in accordance with the new CCAE-2009.

The data for the 2002-2013 period was revised in May 2014 since the new reference population figures from the Population and Housing Census 2011 and the introduction of new criteria in the calibration of the expansion factors have made it necessary to recalculate the Economically Active Population Survey series for the period in question. Further information at: Economically Active Population Survey. Review 2005-2013 series.

Unavailable information is represented using the symbol ":". When the value is lower than that of the minimum unit to be able to estimate the statistical operation or if it effects statistical confidentiality, the symbol used is "..".