In Spain Unemployment Reaches 20 Percent

From El Pais:

In the end, and as become a habit during the current crisis, the worst predictions on the labour market have materialised. The unemployment rate in Spain has surged during the three first month of the year and has at the end of March reached 20% for the first time since 1997, according to data of the Encuesta de la Población Activa which were released yesterday by error by the INE [National Institute of Statistics] on their web site and were published today in ABC [another Spanish newspaper].

The National Institute of Statistics confirmed in a publication this morning that “there was an incident” during the validation processed and readied for distribution, and that “some of the data was temporarily visible on the web.”

Note: The official data will be released as planned on Friday this week.

This is the data and visualisation from ABC: