New government plan to tackle Algarve’s surging unemployment

Labour Minister Ana Mendes Godinho has announced that the government will launch this month a programme designed to tackle the huge surge of unemployment in the Algarve due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The announcement was made yesterday (June 8) during a parliamentary committee on labour and social security.

As the minister pointed out, the Algarve is a region where “concerns are greater”.

A recent study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) warned that the effects of the pandemic could lead to the destruction of over 40% of the region’s jobs due to the Algarve’s heavy reliance on the tourism sector.

In May, the number of people claiming unemployment benefits in the Algarve skyrocketed to nearly 28,000 people, a 202% year-on-year increase. (click here)
Few details about this new government programme were revealed by the minister, who said only that it will include specific measures such as “professional training, employment support and cooperation with regional partners”.

michael.bruxo@algarveresident.com