The number of couples in which both spouses are registered as unemployed was, at the end of September, 6,382, that is, 19.2 percent more.

Couples in this situation of double unemployment are entitled to an increase of 10 percent of the amount of unemployment benefit that they are receiving when they have dependents.

The IEFP started to release statistical information on couples with both unemployed elements in November 2010, when 2,862 of these situations were recorded.

According to the IEFP, at the end of September, the number of unemployed enrolled in employment centres increased 36.1 percent in September year on year and 0.2 percent compared to August.