The employment policies being carried out by the government of the Junta de Andalucía, chaired by Juanma Moreno They are producing very positive results for Andalusia, something that has been constantly reflected with the data that is released each quarter and each year.
Employment in Andalusia has registered very favorable figures in the first quarter of 2023, according to the Active Population Survey (EPA) published in the INE. These data reflect a historic decline in the unemployment rate and an increase in hiring, which means an improvement in the economic situation of the autonomous community.
According to Junta de Andalucía, the decrease in unemployment and the reduction of unemployment rate up to 18,3% have allowed shorten Andalusia's differential with Spain to five points, levels that were not reached since 2007. The decrease in unemployment in Andalusia has been seen especially in the agriculture, construction, industry, and services sectors. In addition, self-employment has also shown a considerable increase, which indicates a strengthening of the business fabric in the region.
The recovery of employment in Andalusia is partly due to the policies and measures implemented by the Junta de Andalucía, which have fostered job creation and economic development in the region. These measures include training and employment programs for young people, incentives for hiring unemployed people, and support for entrepreneurship and business creation.
The economic leadership of Andalusia
Juanma Moreno explained Andalusia's economic leadership at the central campaign meeting: And that's why now we've arrived and we can say that Andalusia has the lowest number of unemployed in the last 15 years. And we say it with pride. That is why we can say that there are almost 100.000 new contributors in the last 12 months in Andalusia. That is why we can say that since the Andalusia Popular Party governed, we have always grown above the gross domestic product of Spain, above the Spanish average, something that did not happen before. That is why we can talk about new export records with 43.000 million euros. That is why we can say that there are more than 2.200 companies in a year in Andalusia with record figures for the incorporation of mercantile companies and companies. That is why we can talk about being leaders in self-employed workers above Catalonia. That is why this Andalusia sounds and sounds with pride in all corners of Spain... because there is a serious, rigorous, hard-working, honest government that does things with the general interest in mind, always above individual interest.
The Minister of Economy and Finance, Caroline Spain, highlights in this video the leadership of Andalusia in job creation.
Andalusia has become a leader in job creation, reaching an all-time high in social security affiliates. Never before have we had so many people affiliated with social security in our region. We are also leaders in reducing unemployment, achieving a figure that has not been seen since 2008. In addition, we stand out as leaders in the number of self-employed workers and in the creation of companies. Our economic growth exceeds the national average, with a growing gross domestic product (GDP) that is above the average for Spain.
The deputy from the socialist group stressed that the economy is growing both nationally and in Andalusia. During the first quarter, exports reached historic levels and foreign investment is on the rise. Business confidence is also above average. All this has been achieved despite a reduction in taxes, going from being a region with high tax burdens to becoming the second autonomous community with the lowest tax burden.
However, it is important to mention the issue of discontinuous permanent workers. We had already warned that the labor reform proposed by the extreme left of Podemos or the government of Pedro Sánchez did not take these workers into account and excluded them from the official count.