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Public employment continues to increase at the expense of the productive economy

Public employment continues to increase at the expense of the productive economy

Despite the sharp increase in taxes – tax collection breaks records year after year since Pedro Sánchez and his social-communist coalition governments came to power – public debt does not stop growing and closed 2023 close to historical highs, despite the fact that The Government continues to hide behind its percentage drop in terms of GDP to talk about a clean-up of public accounts. Specifically, according to data for the fourth quarter of 2023 published by the Bank of Spain, the public hole reached 1,574 trillion euros, with an increase of 70,955 million euros in the last year (that is, 4.7 percent year-on-year). The confirmed data is close to the historical maximum that the debt marked in the third quarter of 2023 (1,577 trillion) and is the highest year-end in the series. Thus, the balance of the State debt rose to 1,434 billion euros, which represents 98.1 percent of GDP (2.8 points less), with a year-on-year increase of 5.5 percent.

But far from trying to stop this bleeding, since it will take decades to pay this debt, the Government continues with its clientelistic practices and, among other expenses, such as the crazy number of advisors who depend on Moncloa, the number of public officials continues to swell. that depend on the state.

This is confirmed by the Central Personnel Registry, which produces statistics every six months called the Statistical Bulletin of personnel serving Public Administrations. This statistic includes all individuals in the service of public administrations, both the Central Administration, the Autonomies and the local administration (City Councils, councils, Councils, Island Conejos, etc.), as well as public Universities, practically transferred all to the Autonomous Communities.

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In the last one, in July 2023, the army of public employees reached 2,967,578, while a year before, in July 2022, public employees were quantified at 2,731,117, so its net growth has been 236,461. , and we must insist on the net because tens of thousands have retired. Most of this excessive growth is the responsibility of the Autonomous Communities, which have increased their workforce by 228,021 individuals, that is, they are responsible for 96.4 percent of the increase in public jobs.

It is striking that the increase occurs in an election year, where elections were held in most of the autonomies. On the other hand, the increasing presence of new technologies, and greater productivity, ends up having the opposite effects, increasing public workforces, with the consequent transfer of money from the Central Government to the regions. Under the pompous, yet modern name of the Ministry for Digital Transformation and Public Service, instead of ensuring rationality, it is easier for the workforce of public employees in certain autonomies to be unnecessarily inflated.

Since the arrival of Sánchez, the number of public employees, far from being cut due to retirements and digitalization of public administrations, has increased by 406,160, going from 2,561,383 when Mariano Rajoy left, to 2,967,578 with five years of government. by Pedro Sánchez. The regional workforces are responsible, going from 1,478,411 members in 2018 to 1,845,163 in 2023. An exaggerated growth of 366,752 employees, which represents 24.8 percent more than when Rajoy left the Government. The autonomous “power” today absorbs 62.2 percent of public employment, compared to only 17.8 percent of the central government.

While internal security degrades and the external threat increases, military and security forces have gone from 10 percent in Rajoy’s last year to 9.3 percent in Sánchez’s government.

With employment data from the National Institute of Statistics (INE), public employment grows at the expense of the productive economy. If in 2022 it represented 13.3 percent of total employment in Spain, by the end of 2023 it had risen to 14.0 percent. Actually the growth is much greater due to the makeup of the employed figures.