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Rajoy Tackles Spain 23% Jobless in ‘Litmus Test’ of Resolve

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy will announce changes to Spain’s labor laws today in a test of his two month-old government’s resolve to revamp the shrinking economy and tackle the Europe Union’s highest jobless rate.

Ministers will brief reporters at about 2 p.m. in Madrid after the Cabinet meets. The “balanced” measures will improve “flexibility” for companies and bolster training for workers, Labor Minister Fatima Banez said yesterday.