Some friends had a wonderful time at the Feria de Abril but came back amazed that for every person working in Sevilla there seemed to be another apparently able-bodied person doing nothing. I tested their hypothesis against the new INE unemployment stats, and in fact the ratio (final column) is slightly more than 2:1 in Andalusia, as against more than 5:1 in the Basque Country:
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Is Andalusia more hard-working as a whole than the home of the regional administration? How many of the “employed” are only formally on the books, for social security or other reasons? Etc etc. Of course I haven’t got the faintest.
If Greece doesn’t cause the IMF to implode, they will presumably eventually turn their attention to Spain and we may discover interesting stuff like what happens to the figures if you include the substantial black economy, whereunder the intriguing practice of sharing fiscal numbers. I suspect that the picture won’t be be vastly different–grosso modo Madrid is your best bet (the Basque Country trails even Andalusia on employment-to-population), and stay the hell away from Extremadura.
- Spain’s self-employed
Destined to save the nation? More numerous than thought? Someone explain, please.
- More registered than apparent actual unemployed in Spain
Are Spanish unemployment statistics the result of fraud or incompetence?
- Wanted: 150-year-old palmist
I think I can show that the term guiri is traceable to Semitic roots, and I will do at some stage,
- Mr Ramos is making it up again
PL just sent me what he believes is a made-up story by La Vanguardia’s plagiarist moron in London, Rafael Ramos, the
- Summer travels
Not as dramatic as this gentleman but probably better company, Steve Vaught (“The fat man walking”) is walking across the States