Jan.03 - The number of people out of work in Spain fell by 1.2 percent in December, but there was still a large rise in the number of jobless people compared with a year before. Sonia Legg reports
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1.2 per cent is today's daily digit in Europe - the amount unemployment in Spain fell by in December.
The fall - the first in five months - was welcome, but the numbers remain a major concern for the government.
Unemployment is far higher than it was a year ago.
4.8 million people - that's a quarter of the working population - are unable to find work.
(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) ANTONIO PINO, MADRID RESIDENT, SAYING:
"It is hard being told at the age of 57 that 42 years of social security contributions aren't going to earn you anything, you can imagine how I feel."
The fall in unemployment was linked to an increase in service sector jobs in the run up to Christmas - and many of those were temporary.
There's no sign of any improvement either - Spain's economy is expected to shrink by 1.5 percent this year as the country brings in 60 billion euros of budget cuts.
Only Greece has a worse unemployment rate in Europe - at 26 percent - and it's been in recession for six years.
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