JUST one in four workers remain on furlough in Spain, according to official figures.

Data from the Social Security Ministry said that after 83,529 people returned to work in September, 728,909  workers remained on the job retention scheme 

That is 76% lower than the April peak, when more than 3 million people were supported by the job retention scheme. 

Under the programme, the government has been paying 70 per cent of the incomes of workers who have been temporarily laid off by their employers.

The initiative helped to stem a wave of unemployment when the country first went into lockdown. 

Last month  84,013 net jobs were added in September, an increase of 0.45% from August and the fifth consecutive month of job creation.

And while Spain labour market continues to improve despite new COVID-19 wave, there are less 450,000 jobs than there were compared to September 2019.

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