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Spain, France record jobless

Spain's unemployment rate has hit a record 27.2% of the workforce in the first quarter of this year. It means 6.2 million people are out of work. French unemployment figures also hit a record 10.5%.

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6.2 million people in Spain unemployed

Some 6.2 million people are unemployed in Spain as the country continues to struggle with its recession.

People wait in line to enter a government-run employment office in Malaga. Credit: REUTERS/Jon Nazca

A protest against austerity measures is planned to take place in the capital Madrid later today.

Spain's National Statistics Institute said the number of people unemployed rose by 237,400 in the first three months of the year.

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is set to announce a raft of measures on Friday aimed at tackling the country's recession.

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