According to a statement released on Wednesday, the chief executive said that the Iberian nation recovered more than 70 percent of the jobs lost with the crisis.
In this sense, he confirmed the purpose of reaching 20 million employees by the end of 2019, which will improve the collection and financing of public services.
He also stressed that the data published by the Ministry of Employment are figures that ‘comfort and stimulate’ the Government to continue creating welfare, wealth and continue working ‘intensely’ to make things go better in the future.
In this scenario of optimism, Rajoy said that the ‘only factor of uncertainty is purely political,’ as a reference to the Catalan independence challenge.
Similarly, he pointed out that if that autonomous community projects sensibly towards the future, Spain could grow this year over three percent and create half a million jobs.
Beyond the reduction of unemployment, the Spanish president added that the quality of the trades is also improving, because 2017 was the ‘best year’ for more than a decade, in terms of the creation of permanent contracts.
However, the two main Spanish unions, the General Union of Workers (UGT) and Workers’ Commissions (CCOO), recalled today that, despite the ‘triumphalism of the Government,’ the jobs created in the country during 2017 were ‘of very low quality.’