Unemployed queue into the night outside job centres

Unemployed people are queuing through the night to be first in line to register and apply for unemployment benefit at job centres across the region.

Quoted in the Portuguese press, Portugal’s Employment and Professional Training Institute (IEFP) said the situation is more serious in Portimão but it extends to other centres in Faro, Loulé, Lagos and Vila Real de Santo António.

According to a spokesman, at the end of September, the Algarve had 21,668 unemployed people registered at job centres and was the region where the unemployment rate registered the highest increase, representing 22.3 per cent of the national jobless figures.

He added: “The concentration of people at job centres is so high only in the first few days of November when unemployment rises due to the seasonality of tourism jobs. Many people finished their job contracts in October and this happens every year.”

A resident, who asked not to be named, told the Algarve Resident: “I went to the job centre in Portimão at 3am and there were already 94 people ahead of me. Some of them had been there since 7pm the day before.”

The Algarve Resident contacted IEFP and a spokesman said that the institute would not be making any further comments.

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