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Reading Spanish news: unemployment. Posted by on Apr 25, 2013 in Learning, Spanish Culture

Hoy estaba intentando elegir algún tema interesante para escribir mi post y compartir con vosotros. Estaba pensando en nuestro último Día del libro (una celebración que me encanta), o sobre oficios curiosos, como el de farero (hace poco conocí a uno, y fue muy interesante), pero tras leer las noticias, me encuentro con un ánimo terrible: ¡el paro en España sobrepasa los 6 millones de personas!

El porcentaje de desempleo está ahora en el 27%, aunque las predicciones señalaban esta cifra para finales de este año. Muchos hogares en España tienen ya uno de sus miembros en el paro, algunos toda la familia, y el escenario económico no muestra signos de cambio, al menos positivos. El partido conservador, el PP, nos ha advertido sobre nuevos recortes, y va a presentar una nueva batería de reformas este viernes. Teniendo en cuenta que los rumores señalan una nueva subida de impuestos del IVA y el Impuesto sobre la Renta de las Personas Físicas (aunque nuestro presidente dijo que no será este el caso), la situación no es nada esperanzadora. Y quizá la última gota que colma el vaso hoy: hay más de 1600 casos judiciales por corrupción abiertos, muchos de ellos relacionados con nuestros políticos.

El sistema educativo no es tan bueno como solía (todos sabemos que nunca fue perfecto, pero los últimos cambios han sido a peor), y con una tasa de empleo juvenil ya de casi el 60%, lo que me hace preguntarme qué tipo de futuro hay en este país para la gente joven. No hay evidencia de que se vaya a crear empleo en un futuro cercano, así que los inmigrantes están volviendo a casa, o marchándose a otro país, y los españoles se están marchando al extranjero a buscar trabajo.

Hay una canción que me encanta, y cuya letra dice: “No llueve eternamente”.  Habrá que creerlo, porque realmente necesitamos ver el sol…

Today, I was trying to choose an interesting topic to write my post and share with you. I was thinking about our last World Book Day, (a celebration I really enjoy), or some uncommon jobs, such as lighthouse-keeper (I recently met one, and it was very interesting…), but after reading the news I´m in a terrible mood:   unemployment in Spain is above six million people!

The jobless rate is now 27%, even though predictions marked this rate for the end of this year. Most homes in Spain have one unemployed member now, some have all the family, and the economic scenario doesn’t ‘show any signs of change, at least in a positive way.  The conservative party, the PP, has warned us about new cuts, and it is presenting a new battery of reform measures this Friday.  Taking into account that rumors point at a new tax rising in sales taxes or IVA, (Value Added Tax) and IRPF or personal income tax, (even though our president Mariano Rajoy said it won´t be the case) the situation doesn´t look quite encouraging. And maybe the last straw that breaks the camel´s back today: there are more than 1600 open proceedings for corruption, many of them involving our politicians.

The educational system is not as good as it used to be (we all know it has never been perfect, but recent changes have been for worse) and youth unemployment is nearly 60% by now, what makes me wonder what kind of future there is in this country for young people. There is no evidence of starting creating jobs in a close future, so immigrants are returning home or going to a different country, and Spanish people are moving abroad looking for a job.

There is a song I love, its lyric being: “It can´t rain all the time”.  Let believe in it, because we really need to see the sun…

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About the Author: Magda

Hi all! I’m Magda, a Spanish native speaker writing the culture posts in the Transparent Language Spanish blog. I have a Bachelor’s in English Philology and a Master’s in Linguistics and Literature from the University of Granada, in Spain. I have also completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, and then worked as an English teacher in several schools and academies for several years. Last year was my first at university level. In addition, I work as a private tutor, teaching English and Spanish as a foreign language to students and adults. In my free time, I’m an avid reader and writer, editing and collaborating in several literary blogs. I have published my first poetry book recently. And last but not least, I love photography!