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Active population survey. Q3 2019

The employed population in Catalonia increased 2.0% year-over-year in the third quarter of 2019 (68,500 people) and stood at 3,462,400. By sectors, if employment is compared in year-over-year terms, the employed population grows in services (114,500 people; 4.6%), while it decreases in construction (25,100 people; −11.6%), in industry (15,200 people; −2.4%) and in agriculture (5,700 people; −9.4%). By sex, employment increased more in women (3.1%) than in men (1.1%). By age, the most intense increase in employment, compared to the previous year, occured among the population aged 16 to 24 years (10.4%), followed by the population aged 55 years and over (5.4%). According to the type of workday, part-time employment (13.1%) increased more than full-time employment (0.3%). Among the employed population by type of contract, the increase in the indefinite contracts (3.5%) was higher than that of the temporary contracts (2.4%)

The unemployment rate stood at 10.87%, with a total of 422,100 unemployed persons (18,400 more than a year ago). By sex, male unemployment fell by a year-over-year 0.8% (with an unemployment rate of 10.31%), while that of women increased by 10.5% (with a rate of 11.48%). By age, we should highlight the increase in unemployment in the group aged 55 and over (15.1%), followed by the age group from 25 to 54 years (4.9%), while the year-over-year variation of the group from 16 to 24 shows a decrease (−3.8%).

The number of households with all its active members unemployed decreased by 3,000 (−2.5%) in the third quarter of 2019 with respect to the same period of the previous year, and stood at 119,800 households.

With regard to specific sectors, the employed population in the cultural sector increased by a year-over-year 13.1%, totalling 188,100 people (5.4% of total employment). By sex, the cultural sector employed 111,100 men and 77,000 women.

In the tourism sector, the number of employed persons increased by 4.0% with respect to the third quarter of 2018, totalling 482,100 people (13.9% of total employment). By sex, the tourism sector employed 270,200 men and 211,900 women.

The ICT sector employed 108,100 people in the third quarter of 2019 (1.1% more than one year ago), representing 3.1% of total employment.