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Spanish unemployment rises again as Rajoy targets re-election

MADRID _ The pace of job creation in Spain continued to slow in September as the country heads into the final months before a general election pegged on employment. The number of unemployed Spaniards rose by 26,087, the Labor Ministry said, adding to two consecutive months of rising joblessness. On a seasonally-adjusted basis, unemployment fell by 9,746 people. Adding to the mix data was social security sign-ups, a measure of staff, which rose for the month, albeit at a lower pace. "On a seasonally-adjusted basis, it was a good month," said Miguel Cardoso, chief Spain economist at Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria in Madrid, adding that most jobs came from the education sector,...