Unemployment claims rose by 282,891 -- up about 8% from March -- to a new total of more than 3.8 million jobless, the Spanish ministry for work, migration and social care said in a statement on Tuesday.
In a press conference addressing the unemployment numbers, Spanish minister for labor Javier Pérez Rey said that the “sum of total registered unemployed for March and April shows an increase in the number of jobless claims of 585,156, due to the Covid-19 crisis.”
“The effect of the Covid-19 health crisis started to have a notable impact on unemployment registered after March 13, with special intensity over Easter,” the ministry said in a statement, adding that in the last weeks of April, the unemployment growth rate had begun "moderating.”
Services services sector takes a hit: The services sector was the hardest hit in absolute terms, accounting for 219,128 of new jobless claims, an 8.76% increase from the month of March.
The Spanish regions of Catalonia (50,763), Madrid (41,263) and Valencia (38,115) saw the highest increases in absolute terms, but other regions where tourism is a vital source of income, such as the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean and the Canary Islands in the Atlantic, were also heavily impacted with jobless increases of 15.6% and 12.0% respectively in April, compared to March.