Spain*s registered jobless total rises for 3rd month in a row, sign economy still struggling

MADRID – The number of people registered as unemployed in Spain rose by nearly 80,000 in October compared with the previous month, suggesting a bump in the economy’s recovery but also due to seasonal factors.

The labour ministry said Tuesday the number of those listed as out of work jumped by 79,154 to make a rounded total of 4.5 million.

It was the third consecutive monthly increase as the summer tourism season ended.

Spain is recovering from two recessions, the last of which ended in late 2013. The economy has expanded in each of the past four quarters.

The government says a six-year run of job destruction to end in 2015 with the creation of 622,000 jobs.