A slowdown in construction has been a problem for Spain's economy
The number of unemployed people in Spain has reached a 12-year high of 11.3%, according to the Labour Ministry, the highest level in Europe.
As recession looms in Spain, European Union statistics put the jobless figure even higher at 11.9%.
The number claiming unemployment benefit rose by 192,658 to 2,818,026 - the highest level since April 1996.
A severe slowdown in the construction industry has been one of the the main causes of the economic slowdown.
Recent figures showed that the economy contracted by 0.2% in the third quarter compared to the previous three-month period.
Since October 2007, the number of those claiming jobless benefits has risen 37.5%.
On Monday the government set out a plan to help unemployed people who had difficulty keeping up with mortgage payments.