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Spaniards struggle through painful recession

AFI, a financial consultancy based in Madrid, expects Spain’s jobless rate to climb next year to 26.6 per cent as austerity measures kill government jobs and the construction and housing industries remain depressed.

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A pedestrian walks along a street in El Raval, a neighbourhood of Barcelona, on Nov. 21, 2012. Local merchants say the unemployment rate in El Raval ranges from 50 per cent to 70 per cent.

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People wait to receive food outside a food bank in Berriozar, northern Spain, Nov, 22, 2012. Since 2007, 3.2 million jobs have disappeared in Spain.

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An elderly volunteer prepares food at a food bank in Berriozar, northern Spain, Nov. 22.

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A volunteer hands out tickets to people waiting for their share of food in Berriozar.

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An elderly couple return to the street after receiving supplies from the food bank.

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People attend a gathering in downtown Madrid, demanding dignity and opportunities to overcome poverty, on Nov. 22, 2012. The country is suffering through deep recession and soaring unemployment.

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Members of the pensioner association Yayoflautas attend a protest organized by the charity Caritas, Madrid’s local government and other non-profit groups, on Nov. 22.

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A woman rummages through a garbage container in the Raval neighbourhood of Barcelona Nov. 21.

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People wearing white masks attend a protest on Nov. 22 outside the Royal Theatre in Barcelona to draw attention to the homeless.

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A pensioner protests outside the Pharmacies Association against Madrid’s €1 surcharge for medical prescriptions to be introduced next year.

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Members of the pensioner association Yayoflautas shout slogans inside a subway train after attending a protest on Nov. 22.

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A homeless man rests on the street in Barcelona’s Raval neighbourhood Nov. 21.

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