Published on Thursday, November 28, 2019

Rural Areas vs. Cities in Job Creation

It is no secret: employment has grown continuously in Spain since 2013. Social Security registrations have increased by 20% since employment began to recover — for every five people registered before, there are now almost six.

Key points

  • Key points:
  • Progress has not been uniform across Spain. In the Balearic Islands and in Malaga, registrations have increased by around 25% since the beginning of 2013, but Zamora and Ourense have seen increases of less than 5%.
  • Why are there such different rates of recovery? A recent BBVA Research study investigates these differences, starting with the high disparities in urbanization levels in Spanish provinces.
  • However, city growth and progressive urbanization are not new phenomena, nor are they unique to Spain.



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