Unemployment fell by 59,094 in December, leaving the total number of unemployed at 4,848,723, which represents an increase of 9.64% compared to 2011, but also the best recorded month in 2012 (read story here). U.S. President Barack Obama signs the budget agreement approved by the U.S. Congress on Tuesday to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff" (read story here).
A therapeutic vaccine that can temporarily control the AIDS virus has been discovered by a group of researchers in Catalunya (read story here). The number of new self-employed individuals rose by 9% in 2012 following high levels of redundancies elsewhere. However the overall number was down, as 50,000 jobs were also lost due to tough economic conditions for start-up businesses (read story here).
The Mossos d'Esquadra have arrested four people in Barcelona in connection with twenty-six robberies, mostly of tourists. Unsuspecting victims were robbed in their cars, after having their tyres slashed (read story here).