Teruel, the labor miracle of Spain emptied

Capital of one of the most depopulated and aged provinces of Spain, Teruel has spent years planted face to the ballast to the point of having become a locomotive of employment in Aragon. It is the particular "labor miracle" that has led this city to surpass even Zaragoza in generating employment during the last years and to gain population in the middle of Spain emptied.

In 2014, Teruel capital was facing a complicated economic scenario. He had suffered the blow of the crisis, which had aggravated the delicate demographic of this province. In six years, from the spring of 2008 to the spring of 2014, the city of Teruel lost more than 2,600 jobs, but has compensated for them since then. In fact, it has been one of the earliest Aragonese cities to take advantage of the recovery: in the last five years – since April 2014 – it has created 3,121 jobs.

That is what has allowed the Teruel capital, today, to have more busy than it had just before the crisis erupted, eleven years ago. It is something that Aragon can not say as a whole – it has not yet recovered all the jobs it lost during the recession – and neither has Zaragoza capital city, the city that concentrates almost half of the Aragonese population and which is the that most influences the regional economy.

In net terms, the city of Teruel now has half a thousand more employed than before the crisis broke out, while the Aragonese capital has 10,400 fewer than before. Put another way: the Teruel capital has 2.36% more employment than eleven years ago, while the capital Zaragoza has 3.44% less.

Emma Buj, mayor of Teruel

That the city of Teruel excels in job creation is especially relevant taking into account the limitations of its province, which has been severely punished for decades due to a demographic collapse that continues to find no restraint and can only be addressed with the creation of job opportunities. The province of Teruel gained 10,000 inhabitants between 1998 and 2008, in the heat of the national economic takeoff; but it has lost 12,000 since 2008, and the remaining population is increasingly aging. But it has also become clear that employment is the best medicine against the evil of the demographic desert: in a province that continues to lose inhabitants, its capital adds neighbors while generating jobs – in 2018 it gained almost 700 inhabitants with respect to 2017-.

Teruel has managed to prop up a pace of job creation that envy the vast majority of the Aragonese localities. In the last five years the occupation has increased by 17.05%, according to the data of affiliates to the Social Security. Not only exceeds the Aragonese average, which has reached around 15%, but also reaches the Spanish average (17%) and far surpasses the average job creation that has occurred in Zaragoza capital in the last five years. years, where occupation has increased by 14.43%, 2.4 points less than in the city of Teruel.

«We have turned the small size of our city into a competitive advantage: we have land that we can offer in a very competitive way; from the town hall we offer entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs agility, a personalized and direct treatment; and tourism has also become a very important economic engine, which is evident in the spectacular increase of hotel equipment, "says the mayor, Emma Buj (PP).

Among the examples of that Teruel that grows and that "radiates wealth to the surrounding municipalities", the mayor points out her
industrial airport
 -dedicated to logistics, R & D and aircraft maintenance- or the sample button of medieval festivities that, in the heat of the legend of Los Amantes de Teruel, has made tourism an industry that, in the peak moments of the year, "radiates wealth and fills hotel accommodation at 60 and 80 kilometers around," explains Buj. (tagsToTranslate) milagrolaboralteruelcapital

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