THE number of unemployed in the Campo has fallen by several thousand in a year, according to the Spanish state public employment service, SEPE.

The Campo registered a total of 32,091 people as being out of work in December 2017, which was 2,000 less than the same month in 2016.

SEPE attributed the decline in the numbers of unemployed to the continued recovery of the Spanish economy and local infrastructural investment, such as in the Bay of Algeciras.

All towns in the region reported drops in unemployment except Jimena and Castellar de la Frontera.

There remains 14,000 people unemployed in Algeciras and just under 8,500 in La Linea.