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Mijas registers the lowest number of unemployed in the last 14 years

  • Self-employed workers now represent 30% of the total number of affiliations in the municipality
  • The mayor of Mijas, Josele González, with the councillor for Employment, Laura Moreno |

The government team reports that the town closed 2022 with a total of 6,682 unemployed and 23,313 Social Security registrations

Mijas registered in 2022 the lowest number of unemployed in the last 14 years, placing its unemployment rate at 22%. This was announced on Monday by the mayor of the town, Josele González (PSOE), and the councillor for Employment Promotion, Laura Moreno (PSOE), who announced that the town once again stands out in terms of employment after becoming the Andalusian municipality with the highest percentage of self-employed workers last year. 

"We close 2022 with very good data for our town in terms of employment recovery. According to the Argos Observatory of the Junta de Andalucía, Mijas registered 6,682 unemployed in the last year, the lowest number of unemployed we have had in our town since 2008, when a lower figure was recorded", says the mayor, who stresses that "there is still work to be done until those 6,682 unemployed people get a job, but these unemployment figures are the best indication that the active employment policies implemented by this government team are bearing fruit". 

By gender, unemployment affected more women in Mijas, "almost twice as many as men, so we will continue to support measures to break the gender gap in the labour market. We will also support all employment programmes, wherever they come from, even if Mijas Town Hall has to make a financial contribution, as in the case of the regional programme ‘oven Ahora’, because every opportunity is good for our unemployed", added the mayor.

  • Mijas registers the lowest number of unemployed in the last 14 years |

Affiliations to the Social Security
For her part, Moreno highlighted that during 2022 another important figure in terms of employment also improved: the number of Social Security affiliations. "Some 23,313 affiliations according to the Institute of Statistics and Cartography of Andalusia, which represents an increase of more than 1,600 affiliations with respect to the figures before the pandemic, in 2019", says the councillor, who has advanced that of that figure "7,085 workers are registered in the self-employed regime, representing 30% of the total number of affiliates in the municipality".

Figures on the local level
In this regard, last summer Mijas was at the head of municipalities with more than 10,000 affiliations with the highest percentage of self-employed. These figures, together with the drop in unemployment in the municipality, are very positively linked, Moreno points out, with the OREA and Cometha aid plans put in place by the Mijas Town Hall during the pandemic, which, the government recalls, have enabled the creation and maintenance of employment in the town, "reaching out to 3,500 self-employed workers and companies with the OREA Plan and 400 beneficiaries with the Cometha plan, through a package of aid worth more than 22 million euros".

The local government wanted to highlight the role in the reactivation of employment of plans such as the Operational Programme ‘Mijas Impulsa’, "where we have a very critical age group such as the over 45s. This group is a priority in these training workshops that include work experience in companies, as are those under 25 years of age, who in many cases do not have the right training to be competitive in the labour market. What we are looking for are courses adapted to them, so that their insertion is immediate, not in vain, 60% of the students in these workshops ended up with a work contract", concludes the councillor for Employment. 

The government team also highlights "Basic Income for the recruitment of people at risk of social exclusion; or the boost given to public-private collaboration with private companies, which has led to the signing of important agreements such as those reached with the Hotel La Zambra or Ilunion Hotels for the recruitment of local residents". 
They also point to the External Employment Exchange, through which the Mijas Town Hall, through the Department for Employment Promotion, makes available to the unemployed various positions requested by companies in the area.

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