Voices on the Street: Employed and Unemployed in Barcelona
The Spanish economy, long enamored with bubbles, is set for rocketing unemployment again this year. Big Think, in collaboration with Barcelona Reporter, talked to some Barcelona residents to see how they were getting by.
Spain has seen bad unemployment before. It flirted with 22% after the boom years of the "Spanish miracle." The early 90s saw better times, but the jobless rate was again above 20% by 1995. Here are five voices from the ground:
"I can say that I am one of the fortunate few whose salary has risen this year, but I don't know if that's luck or a disgrace. I am playing into the hand of the enemy, working extremely hard to save a financial institution from delinquency and desiring with all my heart that once and for all this capitalism would just go away."
Anna, 32, Taxation Specialist
"The recession sucks. I got fired last week and am moving to Shanghai for a year. I am going to study Chinese for two semesters. I will probably be back in Barcelona in May, next year, depending on the economy."
Carlos, 28, Former Corporate Auditor
"I think the banks have a lot to answer for. They have made it easy for people to get into debt, even here in Catalonia where the Spanish people are generally very careful with their money. Many people got caught up in the property boom and this has stretched their resources as the crisis arrived.
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