MALAGA’S increase in unemployment continues to rise for the fourth month in a row.
The province currently has more than 158,330 job seekers, the second fastest rising figure in Spain after the Balearic Islands. The number of unemployed people rose by 3 per cent in November with a further 4,566 out of work.
This increase, which is the largest in November since 2012, is being blamed on seasonal jobs made redundant after the summer season, although the rest of Andalucia has seen a less dramatic decrease with 3,114 fewer people employed in November.
Jobs were also lost in the construction sector, with 446 more people out of work, as well as in agriculture, with unemployment up by eight people. In contrast, 51 more people were employed in the industry sector in November than the month before.
Meanwhile, the Costa del Sol’s residents are benefitting from a general upswing in the economy after it was revealed Fuengirola Council helped 1,000 residents pay their tax this year.
Maria Hernandez, Councillor for Finance, explained the town offered financial aid and practical assistance to locals, making it one of the easiest municipalities to pay tax in. She added residents had been given the option to split payments, a solution used by many.
Councillor Hernandez explained, the measure “has been very well received, since 776 taxpayers took it up in 2014, 884 in 2015, 840 in 2016 and 1,000 so far this year.” Up to 30 per cent off property tax (IBI), tractor tax and Environmental Waste Management fees are available providing residents fulfil various criteria, according to Hernandez.
Fuengirola Council’s finances are looking in good shape, with its debt down by 75 per cent and the town hall is passing on its fortune to residents with funding for a community project of up to €1 million.
Locals are being encouraged to put forward their ideas for how the money should be spent. The initiative, put forward by Mayor Ana Mula, is aimed at allowing residents greater control over how council money is spent.
An online suggestion submission app has been created and all ideas will be analysed for their viability. Mayor Mula explained, “like I always say; My best team is the residents themselves. And in that sense, we have put in place different tools that have allowed us to work as a team with the people of Fuengirola so that they can also send us their requests, their concerns, their complaints, … and in short, that they participate as a team to improve our city.”