04/05/2012 Lanzarote/Canary Islands/ Spain (KMC) - Unemployment in Lanzarote for the month of April has risen by 1.86%, with 399 people newly unemployed. The total figure for the island has now reached 17,599 according to the Observatorio de Empleo de Canarias (Employment Observatory of the Canary Islands). The 399 people have joined the 17,277 people who were already unemployed in March. The unemployment rate surpassed the 17,000 mark in Febuary.
The pattern in Lanzarote follows the pattern for the rest of the Canaries, where the number of unemployed has also increased. 5,053 more people became unemployed in the Canaries in April, bringing the total number of unemployed in these islands to 288, 752.
There is some positive news however, as the national unemployment has fallen for the month of April, experiencing a decline of more than 6,000 people. The unemployment figure for the whole of Spain now stands at 4,744,235 people.
In Lanzarote, by municipality, the worst affected area remains the island’s capital Arrecife with a total of 9,327 unemployed. In San Bartolomé the figure is 2,170, Teguise has a total of 1,850, in Tías 1,766 and in Yaiza 1,264. The municipalities of Tinajo and Haría have the lowest figures with 680 and 542 respectively.
The services sector here has the highest rate, with 13,395 unemployed. This is followed by construction with 2,707, industry with 610 and agriculture with 160.