Spain's registered jobless figure falls below 5 mln n April owing to seasonal job increase

MADRID – Spain’s Labor Ministry says the number of people registered as unemployed fell by 46,050 in April with more people finding jobs in the run-up to the summer tourist season.

The ministry said Monday the total number registered as jobless stands at 4.99 million.

Spain has been in recession for the best part of the past four years as the economy battles to recover from the collapse of its once-booming real estate sector.

The ministry said April registered 1.1 million new job contracts, 19 per cent up on March and 11 per cent up on April 2012.

The country’s unemployment rate was a record 27.2 per cent in the first quarter.