04/06/2012 Lanzarote (BG) - Unemployment in Lanzarote rose again in May and, according to the INEM, has now exceeded the 18,000 mark for the first time. During the month of May, a further 553 people registered their status as unemployed, representing an increase of 3.14%.This brings to 2,557, the total number of people who have now lost their job over the past year, an increase of 16.4%.
Prior to May, unemployment in Lanzarote had never reached the 18,000 mark. In 2011 the worst figures were noted in January (16,281), February (16,215) and March (16,113). In 2010, unemployment was highest in May (17,335), closely followed by April (17,214) and June (17,164). In 2009, May recorded the highest unemployment figure (17,164) while in 2008 unemployment peaked at 12,829 during the month of December.
Of the 18,152 unemployed people on the island, 9,542 reside in Arrecife while the remainder live in the following areas:
2,235 in San Bartolomé,
1,942 in Teguise,
1,815 in Tías,
1,285 in Yaiza,
776 in Tinajo
and finally 556 in Haría.
As for their previous employment experience some 776 had no previous economic activity, 157 were engaged in agriculture, 622 in industry, 2,754 in construction, 2,962 in trade, 4,357 in hotel work and 6,524 in other services.
Figures released by the Canary Employment Monitoring Centre (Obecan) (Los registros del Observatorio canario de empleo), also reveal that up to 3,615 of those unemployed are foreign nationals. The increase in this category is less however, as 68 more people are unemployed than at this time last year, an increase of 1.92%.