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‘Spain is out of recession but not out of the crisis’ – PM

Published time: September 24, 2013 15:02
Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.(AFP Photo / Kirill Kudryavtsev)

Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.(AFP Photo / Kirill Kudryavtsev)

While the figures show the EU's fourth largest economy is pulling out of the two-year long recession, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy warns a great deal of work still needs to be done to employ millions of jobless and get the economy back on track.

The Spanish economy will have expanded 0.1 to 0.2 percent between July and September, Rajoy said in an interview to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), giving the first official confirmation it is recovering.

The projected third quarter growth would mean annual GDP expansion of between 0.4 and 0.8 percent.

The 3Q performance marks a major turnaround from a 0.1 percent contraction in the second quarter.

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With the unemployment rate remaining the second highest in Europe after Greece – at 26.3 percent - "the task now is to achieve a vigorous recovery that allows us to create jobs," Rajoy said.

Rajoy’s comment echoed the overall optimism that has recently been voiced by EU policymakers, who believe recovery is round the corner. The latest upbeat data came on Monday, with HSBC preliminary indicator of the bloc’s manufacturing in September hitting a 27–month high.

Last week Ireland was the first among the EU states to declare it exited technical recession, though also added there was little reason to celebrate victory.

Spain is the bloc’s fourth largest economy after Germany, France and Italy. The country’s GDP has lost 7.5 percent since the crisis hit the economy in 2008. Spanish public debt is also far above normal, crawling to the size of the entire economy – at 92.6 percent of GDP.

Comments (4)


Enrique 25.09.2013 23:45

Zeitgeisttt 24.09.2013 23:43

With 25% unemployed, Spain is in a depression


25 % is nothing new in Spain. It was so during the 80s, after joining the European Economic Community (EEC) as Spanish industry needed an overhaul....Now it is taking place a second industraial overhaul in Spain, and it is taking place successfuly as productivity is increasing and for the first time in decades Spain can boast a current account surplus. For example, last month Spain got to surpass again the Russian Federation by cars produced.


Zeitgeisttt 24.09.2013 23:43

With 25% unemployed, Spain is in a depression


Enrique 24.09.2013 19:28

Still, at market prices, Spain´s GDP is 25% bigger than South Korea´s, for example.

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