Spain's jobless rate up 1.8 percent

Madrid, Nov 5 (EFE).- The number of registered unemployed people in Spain rose in October by 87,028 persons, or 1.8 percent, to more than 4.8 million, according to official figures published Tuesday.

The month closed with 22,138 fewer unemployed people than in October 2012, the first year-to-year decline since May 2007, the Ministry of Employment and Social Security said.

Last month's jobless figure also contrasts with "the strong year-to-year increase registered in the months of October during the course of the crisis," the ministry said.

So far this year, unemployment has fallen by 37,340, the largest accumulated decline since 2006.

By sectors, unemployment fell 1.55 percent among construction workers, but rose 2.31 percent among social services employees and by 12.97 percent in agriculture and fishing.

With regard to immigrants, unemployment grew by 2.25 percent in October, though it fell 7.6 percent from 12 months earlier to a total of 559,921.