New part-time jobs eclipse full-time
The number of new full-time jobs increased by 529 in March, well below the increase in part-time work for those whose main income depends on this employment.
According to the National Statistics Office, part-time employment increased by 2,732 when compared to the same month in 2008.
Of these, 1,536 depended on the part-time job for their main income, triple the number of new full-time jobs.
The revised statistics show that unemployment went up by 915.
Most jobs were lost in the manufacturing sector which saw a drop of 1,696. The pharmaceutical and printing sectors bucked the trend and registered an increase in new jobs.
The tourism sector was also hard hit, shedding 108 jobs.
On the other hand job increases were registered in the real estate and business activities sector and retail trade. The former saw the number of jobs increase by 1,219 while 430 jobs were created in retail.