Spain’s January jobless rises from December to 3.12 million

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Feb 2 (Reuters) – The number of people registering as jobless in Spain rose 0.55% in January from December, or by 17,173 people, leaving 3.12 million people out of work and breaking a 10-month streak of consecutive declines, Labour Ministry data showed.

Still, the increase was the lowest reported in 25 years for January, a month when unemployment usually rises sharply as many temporary agricultural and hospitality contracts are ended.

Spain added 71,948 net jobs over the month, while the number of people supported by a state-backed furlough scheme edged 2.4% higher to 105,043, separate data from the Social Security Ministry showed.

(Reporting by Mariana Azevedo; Editing by Nathan Allen)

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