DOLE MONEY RUN­NING OUT

Nearly half of all un­em­ployed work­ers left with­out state sup­port

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - By Glenn Wick­man

NEARLY half of all un­em­ployed work­ers in the Va­len­cia re­gion no longer re­ceive any state in­come sup­port, of­fi­cial fig­ures have re­vealed.

The al­leged re­cov­ery of the Span­ish econ­omy boasted by the govern­ment is not be­ing re­flected in the Va­len­cian job mar­ket, with those who have used up all their grants fac­ing a crit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion - es­ti­mated to be as many as 48.8 per cent.

How­ever, the real fig­ure is feared to be much higher, as this cal­cu­la­tion only takes into ac­count those who de­spite not be­ing in re­ceipt of any grants con­tinue to re­new their job­seeker sta­tus at the Servef of­fices.

Many no longer bother, which when con­sid­ered all to­gether would bring the to­tal up alarm­ingly.

Ac­cord­ing to an­a­lysts, this re­al­ity sug­gests that the no­tion of the coun­try's em­ploy­ment re­cov­ery is 'par­tial'.

Al­though sta­tis­tics con­firm that we are no longer in the phase of mas­sive job de­struc­tion that took root in 2009, the re­al­ity is that to­tal ab­sence of in­come now af­fects many more cit­i­zens than when the cri­sis was at its peak.

The change in trend is brought about by the long du­ra­tion of the cri­sis. Mass re­dun­dan­cies reg­is­tered in 2008, 2009 and 2010 left most sacked work­ers with the safety net of their sev­er­ance pay, dole ben­e­fits and other sup­port - which has now evap­o­rated for nearly half of all un­em­ployed work­ers.

Fig­ures re­leased by the Span­ish em­ploy­ment min­istry show that at the be­gin­ning of the cri­sis in 2008, 38% of ex­work­ers on the dole were in re­ceipt of no state in­come sup­port.

In the Va­len­cia re­gion the fig­ure reached 92,000 while the to­tal num­ber of un­em­ployed cit­i­zens was be­low 250,000.

That year and the next were fa­tal for the Va­len­cian job mar­ket, when un­em­ploy­ment fig­ures dou­bled to break the 510,000 mark.

How­ever, the per­cent­age of people with no ben­e­fits peaked at 28% in March 2010 - the equiv­a­lent of one in four people.

An­other in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the fig­ures shows that whereas 270,000 work­ers lost their job in the Va­len­cia re­gion be­tween 2008 and 2010, only just over 50,000 were left with­out any monthly in­come.

This means that al­though los­ing more than half a mil­lion jobs - as was the case be­tween 2008 and 2010 - is trau­matic for any re­gion, the surge in un­em­ploy­ment reg­is­tered back then was not as dev­as­tat­ing to pri­vate economies as the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion.

Re­al­ity con­tra­dicts the op­ti­mistic mes­sage boasted by the govern­ment

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