The statistics for unemployment in Barcelona underwent a historic change recently when it was revealed that for the first time there were more men than women without employment (article in Castilian, El Pais). Figures from the quarterly report from the Consistorio showed that of the 89,865 people registered as unemployed in April, 52.4% were men and 47.6% were women. Jordi William Carnes the counsillor for Economic development stated that this was in direct relation to the loss of jobs in the construction industry. The figures for unemployment in April stood at 11%, 2 points up on last quarter. However the report also revealed that the growth rate of unemployment was slowing down showing a decrease from 5000 people per month losing their jobs to 1700. 20% of the people claiming unemployment benefit were foreigners.
The city council in Barcelona is finalising a proposal to request to the Interior Department of the Generalitat to install at least four video cameras on the Rambla (article in Castilian, La Vanguardia). If approved the cameras would be placed at strategic points on the street for public security, to curb uncivic behaviour and prostitution. However the security councillor Assumpta Escarp explained that it wasn't as straight-forward as it might seem to implement these security measures due to tighter regulations in Catalunya that require very strong arguments from the municipality in order to be approved. In the city the only cameras in action are in the Plaça Orwell and Calle Escudellers and these cameras have to have permits rewarded by the Seguretat Ciutadana de la Generalitat that last for a period of one year and renewed only if there are still reasons for them to remain. The cameras have to also have a poster warning citizens that images, sounds and videos are being recorded.
Barcelona City Zoo announced at the weekend the name of the baby orangutan born in the zoo to parents Karl and Locky has been given the name Sari, meaning flower in Indonesian (article in Castilian, El Periodico). The name was put to a public vote alongwith a press campaign launched on April 25th. The competition resulted in four finalists, Sari which recieved 3822 of the votes, Hari, which means day received 1122 votes, Malam (night) got 809 votes and finally Siang (midday) recieved 731 votes. The name has contined the tradition of the zoo to name animals from their place of origin.