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Cleaning personnel wearing protective face masks and fire fighters walk past a field hospital set-up in Madrid. AFP
Spain's social security data showed on Thursday that close to 900,000 workers lost their job since March 12 when the country went on coronavirus lockdown.
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Some 898,822 workers lost their jobs since March 12 in Spain, social security data showed on Thursday, more than half of which are temporary workers.
The number of people officially registered as unemployed in the country rose to 3.5 million in March, the highest level since April 2017.
Spain's nearly 47 million people have since March 14 lived under one of the strictest virus lockdowns in the world, with adults authorised to leave home only to buy food, medicine or walk the dog.
The jobless rate was up from 13.8 per cent in the previous quarter, its lowest level since the third quarter of 2008 but still the highest rate in the eurozone after Greece.
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The contraction, triggered by one of Europe's strictest coronavirus lockdowns, was worse than the 16.6% expected by analysts. It came after a 5.2% drop in the first quarter, dragging Spain into its steepest recession ever, at a record pace.
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