The job market issued mixed signals in September. Unemployment rose, but so did the number of people signed up with the Social Security system, a measure of job creation.
Last month saw 26,087 new jobless claims, raising the number of unemployed on record to a total of 4,094,042 people.
But at the same time, 8,916 people began contributing to the welfare system, bringing the total number of contributors to 17,189,815.
September is traditionally a bad month for employment in Spain as the summer tourist season draws to a close
Seasonally adjusted figures are less contradictory, as they show a slight drop in unemployment (9,746) and a more marked rise in Social Security affiliations (around 35,000).
September is traditionally a bad month for employment in Spain as the summer tourist season draws to a close. But it is also typically a period when affiliations drop, a trend that was bucked both this and last year after holding true between 2008 and 2013.
The rise in contributors was to a large part down to the beginning of the school year, which triggered more hirings in education; this was followed by increases in the administrative activities and manufacturing sectors. Tourism, in the meantime, lost 48,449 contributors to the welfare system.
English version by Susana Urra.