The number of unemployed in Spain fell in May following 14 months of growth (article in Castilian, La Vanguardia). Almost 25,000 less people were registered as unemployed last month, although there is still a total of over 3,600,000 people out of work thanks to a rise of almost 50 percent unemployment over the past year. The Employment Secretary, Maravillas Rojo, said that this drop shouldn't be interpreted as an end to the current difficulties but that it could perhaps indicate a slowing down in the growth rate of unemployment.
Three men have each lost an eye allegedly as a result of the firing of rubber bullets by Catalan police during confrontations that took place during different celebrations for Barça (article in Catalan, Avui). Two men were known to have been hospitalised at the end of last week as a result of the injuries they suffered in the early hours of Thursday morning following FC Barcelona's Champions League success and it has now been revealed that a third man lost an eye during an incident that took place on May 13th, the day that Barça won the Copa del Rey. In total, five people are thought to have been injured by rubber bullets fired by the Mossos during different celebrations held in the centre of Barcelona that resulted in police action.
Yesterday saw the official start of the high season in Barcelona and as a result various municipal services offered on the local beaches started operating. One new feature for this year is that the chiringuitos (beach bars and cafes) have had their timetable extended by an hour, so they can now be open until 2am for those people who want to have a drink by the seafront until the early hours (article in Castilian, El Periodico). However, chiringuitos in Barceloneta won't be allowed to open later because of the proximity of residential properties to the bars.