“Spain will return to economic growth in 2014″, says Rajoy

The Spanish Prime Minister insisted that all the measures being taken by the Government of Spain are with a view to economic recovery and added that he anticipates being able to lower taxes in 2014. He also expressed his confidence that employment and growth forecasts contained in the General State Budget for this year will improve and insisted that “2013 will be better. We still may not have reached the lowest point but we will start to see improvement, especially in the latter half of the year, and the economy will start to grow again in 2014″.

In an interview with Cadena Cope earlier this week, Mariano Rajoy said that “reducing the public deficit is our top priority”. It must be lowered to 6.3% this year “at a time of economic recession and a shortage of financing, which is why we have raised taxes and cut spending”. In spite of that, he stressed that no further tax increases are on the cards. “What I want, because I believe in it, is to lower taxes and I hope to do so in 2014″. He also rejected the idea of lowering public sector wages in 2013.

The President of the Government argued that the difficult decisions taken until now have all been “aimed at enabling economic recovery”. The labour reform, the financial restructuring and the reform of public administration services, which he said “we’ve been talking about for 30 years and will now finally be carried out”, are some of those steps, the true effectiveness of which will be revealed when economic activity returns. Rajoy added that, for the time being, Spain is going through a debt reduction process and said “it is very difficult during any process of debt repayment to ensure that money is available for investment and consumption. But this process is essential because otherwise nobody will finance us”.

The Spanish Government newsletter, La Moncloa, reported that when questioned over whether Spain should request aid from the European Union or not, Rajoy reiterated that this decision has yet to be taken. The Government of Spain will eventually make that decision, he explained, and it “will be solely and exclusively aimed at guaranteeing the general interest of every Spanish citizen. I have not discarded the possibility of going down that path; it is an option that remains open to us”.

Article source: Kyero.com

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Unemployment rises in October

Queues got longer in October
Queues got longer in October

The number of unemployed people registered at the offices of the public employment services (formerly INEM) rose by 128,242 in October, which is up 2.7% compared to September, and put the total number of people unemployed in Spain at 4,833,521, the highest level in the comparable historical series, which started in 1996, reported the Ministry of Employment and Social Security.

The October increase, a month in which unemployment historically tends to increase, is the third rise in a row after the August and September figures, and the third worst registered for this month in the historical series after October 2008 (+192,658 unemployed) and October 2011 (+134,182 unemployed).

In this regard, the Secretary of State for Employment, Engracia Hidalgo, stressed that although the rise in October cannot be considered a “good thing”, it is less than it was last year, and marks five consecutive months in which “unemployment has performed better than in 2011.”

Since October 2011, unemployment has increased by 472,595 people, or 10.84%.

According to the employment data, unemployment rose in October for both sexes, but more among men, with an increase of 69,008 (+3%), compared with a rise in female unemployment of 59,234 (+2.5%), bringing the total of unemployed women to 2,440,825 and 2,392,696 for men.

Unemployment rose in October in all sectors except in construction, where it fell by 3,670 people (-0.48%). Services accounted for three-quarters of the rise in unemployment in October, with 97,610 more unemployed (+3.4%), followed by agriculture, with 24,401 more unemployed (+15.1%); industry, which added 8,888 more unemployed (+1.7%), and the group without previous employment, with 1,013 more unemployed (+0.27%).

The rise in unemployment in October was more pronounced among those over 25 years of age, with 107,638 more unemployed (+2.5%), while among the under 25s unemployment increased by 20,604 persons (+4.4%).

The foreign population in Spain increased their number of unemployed in the tenth month of the year, recording 17,890 more unemployed than in September (+3%). In total, the number of unemployed immigrants stood at 605,959 at the end of last month, which is a decrease of 9,806 unemployed (-1.6%) compared to October 2011.

Unemployment down in two regions

In October, unemployment rose in all regions, except in the Canary Islands and Valencia, where the number of people unemployed fell by 993 and 867, respectively. Among the increases, the most significant were noted in Andalusia, with 32,139 more unemployed, and Castilla-La Mancha (+16,791).

With regard to the provinces, unemployment fell in five, especially in Valencia (-3,406), Castellón (-820) and Las Palmas (-727), and it rose in all the rest, especially in Madrid (+12,897) and the Balearic Islands (+9,474).

In terms of recruitment, El Mundo reported that in October a total of 1,427,173 contracts were recorded in the employment offices, an increase of 10.2% from October 2011. Of these, 130,632 were permanent, equivalent to 9.1% of the total, and 34.3% higher than the same month of 2011.

In the first ten months of the year, the total number of contracts reached 11,558,721, up 4.1% from the same period in 2011. Of these, only 7.8% were permanent, with a total of 908,090, 5.4% less than in January-October last year.

Article source: Kyero.com

Seven reasons to move to Marbella

Guest post by Michelle Rebecca

Spain has always fascinated North Americans. The combination of temperate weather, Old World history and cosmopolitan culture is a heady mix. Marbella, situated on the southern coast of the country, contains everything that makes Spain appealing. There are plenty of reasons to move to Marbella, whether you dream of an old-fashioned Spanish villa or a two-bedroom apartment overlooking the Mediterranean.

Sea and Mountain Vistas

Marbella lies on the shore of the Mediterranean, roughly midway between the Gibraltar Strait and the larger city of Málaga. Marbella stretches along the Mediterranean coastline like a languid cat, with over 27 km (almost 17 miles) of coastline and 24 beaches within the town limits.

Looking inland, the Sierra Blanca foothills border Marbella. Wherever you are in town, you can be assured of either an ocean or mountain view.

Temperate Climate, Sunny Disposition

Marbella boasts an average annual temperature of 18 degrees Celsius (64 degrees Fahrenheit), with summer temperatures reaching the high twenties (80s in Fahrenheit). In winter, the temperature rarely drops below a balmy 16 Celsius (60 degrees Fahrenheit).

During the winter, you may see snow on the highest peaks of the Sierra Blanca, which usually melts within days. And with over 300 days of sunshine a year, Marbella provides plenty of opportunity for sun worshippers and beachgoers.

Jetsetters and Andalusian Lifestyles

Marbella has long attracted Europe’s wealthy and famous. The town is known for its jet-setting visitors, from aristocrats and royalty to celebrities. During the summer months, the city’s population swells to 500,000 as the cream of European society flocks to Marbella beaches and festivals.

At the same time, the 136,000 permanent residents of Marbella retain their Andulusian heritage with flamenco dancing and a complex seafood-based cuisine.

Local Festivals

Marbella offers some of the best festivals in Europe, with most celebrations taking place between June and October. Music lovers flock to both the Marbella Opera Festival and the city’s Reggae and Jazz festivals. The Marbella also International Film Festival draws a great deal of attention.

History

Marbella may date back as far as the 7th century BC, when Phoenician merchants established a base on what would become the town. Later ruins attest to a time when the region lay within the grip of the Roman Empire.

During the Middle Ages, the region’s culture and architecture was heavily influenced by Spanish Moors, and as a result the city includes a well-preserved Moorish Fort. Museums and architecture from multiple periods dot the city, making Marbella a history-lover’s paradise.

Convenience and Comfort

Marbella is perfect for those who prefer to experience the exotic without giving up on the comforts of home. Unlike some destinations, Marbella offers all the conveniences of modern life, whether you want to see the latest shows, order 1999 Mustang Parts or simply enjoy an evening out at an excellent restaurant.

While Spanish is the primary language of Marbella, the cosmopolitan nature of the town makes it easy to find people who speak English. Many full-time residents of Marbella come from the United Kingdom and the USA, and many local papers and magazines have English editions.

Author bio: Michelle is an aspiring writer with a passion for blogging. She enjoys writing about a vast variety of topics and loves that blogging gives her the opportunity to publicly voice her thoughts and share advice with an unlimited audience.