How to quickly make the national economy appear to be improving ahead of an election? Why, fiddle the figures of course. In this case, Rajoy’s government has decided that to improve the PIB (the gross domestic product, GDP) of Spain, they’re going to included guesstimates of illegal drug sales and prostitution. They’re also going to include spending on R&D, something that normally isn’t included. In all, the illegal activities bit bump up the Spanish PIB Continue reading Here’s why Spanish GDP is rising – they’ve included illegal activities!
The government has admitted finally that yes, when they talk about people in employment, they’re actually talking bollocks – they mean employment contracts and so anyone with two jobs is being counted twice. The admission came after a tabled question in Congress by the UPyD party asking for clarification. What this means is that when the government talks about there being 16,950,000 people working in Spain, they actually mean there are 16,950,000 active work contracts Continue reading Spanish employment figures are contracts, not people admits government
Two very contrasting stories about Almería house sales appear today in the British vs Spanish press. The Telegraph runs a piece on “End to Mediterranean dream for 90,000 Britons who left Spain last year – British expatriates are deserting Spain in droves, according to new figures from Spain’s national statistics institute “, together with some interesting interviews from ex-expats from Arboleas, and a bit from Maura Hillen of AUAN. It’s prompted by the news that Continue reading Are Brits fleeing Spain or flooding in? Depends who you ask!
The government has been caught out trying to jiggle the underlying stats on the dole figures. They say the changes will only influence the unemployment rates by a couple of decimal points, but independent statisticians reckon it could be over a whole point. The fuss lies with the base population figure. INE, the stats office, currently uses an adjusted 2002 rate. That is, they used the 2002 census to count everyone in the country, then Continue reading Fury as government jiggles the stats to drop dole figures
This (very precise) figure comes from the stats office, who add that the average length of stay is 4,18 days, the longest in all of Andalucia and the fifth longest in all of Spain. Ignoring that fact that nobody stays for 4,18 days (they don’t teach the art of rounding in Spanish mathematical courses) a distressing number (from the expat viewpoint) of these holidaymakers were Spanish : 842.624 of them were Spanish nationals. That means Continue reading 1.053.666 tourists came to Almeria in 2013
The fall in house prices across Spain has sped up according to the latest suvey from the government statistics body INE. House prices in the 2nd quarter of 2012 fell by 14,4% over their price a year ago, according to government registered house prices. It’s the biggest year on year fall since 2008, and comes on top of the 12,8% fall experienced in the 1ºst quarter of 2012. In fact, it doesn’t matter how you Continue reading House prices accelerate their fall
INE – the government number crunchers – have released their monthly tourism report for Almería. 85.115 tourists stayed in the province during March – 32,000 less than March 2007, 10,000 less than just two years ago. (source: Ideal) What’s worse, as tourism figures pointed out, is that Easter, typically a strong period, fell during the end of this month. Interestingly enough, out of these figures, 60.857 visitors were Spanish, and just 11.944 foriegn. Actually, I’ve Continue reading Tourism numbers continue to fall in province