UGT Castilla-La Mancha has revealed that in the region 81,985 people are receiving unemployment benefits. Of these, more than half (44,653) are women, compared to 37,332 men. Based on a study carried out with SEPE data corresponding to the month of March 2022, the union's secretary for Employment and Trade Union Policy, Isabel Carrascosa, has warned that, at this time, in the autonomous community 41% of unemployed people are not receiving any type of unemployment benefit.
Isabel Carrascosa has stated that this 41% represents a very high percentage, "a percentage that requires responses and improvements in the protection of the most vulnerable people". For the UGT, “the best way to provide this protection is for the unemployed to have opportunities to return to the labor market and do so with good working conditions, something that the labor reform that has been put in place will help with,” as reported by the union in a press release.
In general terms, in Castilla-La Mancha the number of people receiving unemployment benefit has decreased. Compared to last year, it has decreased by 16.8% and compared to 2019, before the pandemic, the decrease has been more moderate, 3.9%.
By provinces, where it fell the most was in Albacete (19%), followed by Ciudad Real (17%), Toledo (16.9%), Guadalajara (14.7%) and Cuenca (12.7%).