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Active population survey. Q2 2019

The employed population in Catalonia increased 2.1% year-over-yeat in the second quarter of 2019 and stood at 3,431,200 people. By sectors, if employment is compared in year-over-year terms, the employed population grows in services (107,300 people; 4.4%) and in industry (2,400 people; 0.4%), while decreases in construction (29,300 people; −13.9%) and in agriculture (9,700 people; −15.5%). By sex, employment increased more in women (3.3%) than in men (1.0%). By age, the most intense increase in employment, compared to the previous year, occured among the population aged 16 to 24 years (14.7%), followed by the population aged 55 years and over (4.0%). According to the type of workday, part-time employment (3.3%) increased more than full-time employment (1.9%). Among the employed population by type of contract, the increase in the temporary contracts (2.9%) was higher than that of the indefinite contracts (2.5%)

The unemployment rate stood at 11.17%, with a total of 431,300 unemployed persons. By sex, female unemployment fell by a year-over-year 2.0% (with an unemployment rate of 11.38%), while that of men increased by 1.65% (with a rate of 10.98%). By ages, we should highlight the increase in unemployment in the group aged 55 and over (4.2%).

The number of households with all its active members unemployed increased by 2,100 (1.6%) in the second quarter of 2019 with respect to the same period of the previous year, and stood at 127,900 households.

With regard to specific sectors, the employed population in the cultural sector increased by a year-over-year 8.7%, totalling 181,800 people (5.3% of total employment). By sex, the cultural sector employed 102,500 men and 79,300 women.

In the tourism sector, the number of employed persons increased by 2.6% with respect to the second quarter of 2018, totalling 469,700 people (13.7% of total employment). By sex, the tourism sector employed 266,600 men and 203,100 women.

The ICT sector employed 96,500 people in the second quarter of 2019 (6.7% less than one year ago), representing 2.8% of total employment.

For the first time Idescat is publishing data on the population aged 16 to 29 that neither works nor studies, with retrospective information from the first quarter of 2005 onwards. This information can be viewed in the section titled Detailed results quarterly and annuals.