The increase in permanent contracts caused by the labor reform, generalized in all the autonomous communities, was in the recently ended month of August 80% higher in the southern regions, with Extremadura, Andalusia and Castilla-La Mancha at the forefront, which in the north.
According to contract data from the State Public Employment Service (SEPE) released by the Ministry of Labor and Social Economy, the communities in which the number of stable labor agreements grew the most compared to August 2021 were Extremadura (698%), Andalusia (625%), Castilla-La Mancha (434%) and the Canary Islands (420%).
They were followed by the Valencian Community (368%), Asturias (356%), the Balearic Islands (346%), Aragón (342%) and Navarra (327%), all of them above the average (325%), and La Rioja ( 314%), Murcia (299%), Castilla y León (291%) and Cantabria (286%).
The ones that registered the lowest increase in permanent contracts were Madrid (182.61%), the Basque Country (231.29%), Galicia (240.17%) and Catalonia (256.28%).
Adding Andalusia, Castilla-La Mancha, the Valencian Community, Extremadura and Murcia on the one hand, and Aragón, Asturias, Castilla y León, Catalonia, Galicia, Navarra, the Basque Country and La Rioja on the other (leaving Madrid and the two islands), the annual increase in permanent contracts in August was 480% in the south and 268% in the north.
The percentage of indefinite contracts signed last month in the communities of the southern peninsular was 41.56% compared to 5.89% a year ago, while in those of the north it reached 33.34% -eight points less- compared to 8.65% of the same month of 2021 -almost three points more-.
A year ago, the communities with the highest percentage of new indefinite contracts were Madrid (15.77%), the Balearic Islands (14.81%), Catalonia (11.85%) and the Canary Islands (10.19%), while Extremadura (3 .05%), Andalusia (4.62%), Navarra (4.98%) and Cantabria (5.83%) recorded the lowest figures.
Now, on the other hand, the Balearic Islands (62.84%), Murcia (48.26%), Madrid (45.27%) and the Valencian Community (45.25%) were at the top of the list, and the Basque Country (45.25%) was at the bottom. 23.28%), Navarra (23.36%), Cantabria (26.59%) and Galicia (29.08%).
Andalusia has risen nine places in that classification; Extremadura, seven; Castilla-La Mancha, five; Murcia, four; the Valencian Community, three; Melilla, two; and the Balearic Islands, one.
On the contrary, the Basque Country has fallen eight; Galicia, seven; Ceuta, five; Catalonia, four; Madrid, Asturias and Castilla y León, two; and the Canary Islands, Aragon, La Rioja, Cantabria and Navarra, one.
With these variations, if a year ago Madrid and Catalonia accounted for just over 41% of all stable contracts signed in August in Spain, and Andalusia and the Valencian Community did not reach 21% between the two, this year the first two fell to add 30.69% and the last two rose to stay very close, at 30.18%.
In absolute terms, the ranking has also changed and Andalusia is now in first place with more than 100,000 permanent contracts in August (101,548), ahead of Catalonia (85,086), Madrid (70,436) and the Valencian Community (51,359).