Finance minister Guindos believes Spain will return to growth this year as unemployment refuses to budge

Spanish unemployment hasn't changed in August, after a rise of 64,900 last month. Analysts had predicted an unemployment rise of 5,200 in August.

Finance minister Luis de Guindos announced that he believes Spain will see slightly positive economic growth in the second half of the year, with the jobs number showing a stabilising market.

The month also saw registered employment fall by 14,000 to 16.225m. That brings the annual drop to 565,000.