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Friday 18 April 2014

Debt crisis: 15,000 queue for 150 Madrid factory jobs

People queue to enter an unemployed registry office in Madrid

MORE than 15,000 people looking for work queued to apply for just 150 vacancies at the factory of agricultural machinery company John Deere on the outskirts of Madrid.

As data showed unemployment across Spain has risen by 11pc over the past year, the applicants had no idea what positions they were applying for or what wages to expect, just that there was the possibility of a regular job.

"The truth is I have no idea what the job is, beyond that it is at a factory," one 23-year-old applicant was reported as saying.

Employment agency Adecco in the Getafe district of Madrid, which advertised the job, said it had seen more than 15,000 jobseekers in the week before the application closing date of Monday.

Overwhelmed by the huge response, the agency said it will hold a draw of those who applied to narrow the list to 1,500 before considering suitable applicants for the positions.

The Spanish government released figures on Tuesday that showed half a million people lost their jobs in the year ending September.

Spain's official unemployment rate reached 24.6pc in June, the highest in the industrialised world.

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