More than any year, 2016 could prove pivotal for Spain’s job market.
Employment rates are fickle beasts at the best of times, but during the double-dip recession that hit Spain a few years ago the government did its best to mask the true extent of the problem.
Youth unemployment hit 50% at the country’s lowest ebb – higher than Greece – so official figures tended to focus on the slightly more palatable overall employment figures, which, while one of the highest in the Eurozone, hovered around the more spinnable figure of 25-27%.
Since a raft of economic reforms were introduced by the government in 2012 and 2013, the situation has improved quite dramatically, with thousands of young Spaniards flocking back to the country having spent one or two years working in the bars, restaurants, hotels and offices of the UK and Germany.
And this week, official figures have been released that show Spain has added one than one million jobs since the country exited recession in 2013, making the recovery one of the strongest in Europe…