Spain reports fastest growth in six years

May 01, 2014 - 1:17:43 am

MADRID: Spain announced yesterday its fastest economic growth in six years in the first quarter of 2014 even as it failed to dent a 26 percent jobless rate.

Economic output rose at the quickest pace since a 2008 property crash tipped the nation into a double-dip recession, the National Statistics Institute said in an initial estimate.

Spain’s economy grew at a quarterly rate of 0.4 percent, it said, the latest sign of a gathering yet modest recovery since the nation emerged from a two-year downturn in mid-2013.

Nevertheless, activity in the eurozone’s fourth largest economy is too weak to offer hope for the six million people seeking in vain for a job. The unemployment rate climbed to 25.93 percent in the first three months of 2014, up from 25.73 percent in the previous quarter, official data show. AFP