Informe Analistas Extremadura

Unicaja Banco publishes the third issue of the report ‘Previsiones Económicas de Extremadura’ (no. 3/2023)

The estimates for 2023 point to a GDP growth of 0.9% in Extremadura

08 JUN 2023

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Unicaja Banco has published the third issue of the report ‘Previsiones Económicas de Extremadura’ (Economic Forecasts for Extremadura), which, as in previous editions, has been prepared by Analistas Económicos de Andalucía.

 

This report is divided into four sections: 1) Economic environment; 2) Recent evolution of Extremadura economy; 3) Economic outlook for Extremadura 2023 and 2024 and 4) Provincial analysis.

 

The first section describes the international and national context. The second section analyses the situation of the Extremadura economy, with special focus on the evolution of the main indicators, according to the region’s productive structure. The third section includes forecasts on the evolution of the GDP and employment in the region for 2023 and 2024. Finally, the last section focuses on the analysis of the evolution and economic outlook of Extremadura provinces.

 

 

Global and national economic environment

             

Although the slowdown in global activity for 2023 is confirmed compared to the previous year and inflationary pressures persist, in recent months there has been an improvement in the outlook, which has led the main international economic organizations to revise their projections. Thus, the OECD forecasts that in 2023 the world economy will register growth of 2.6%. On the other hand, despite the moderation in energy prices, the dynamics followed by prices suggest that core inflation will remain high.

 

In the specific case of the Spanish economy, it grew more than expected in 2022 as a whole, at a rate of 5.5%, with greater intensity in the first part of the year, with a good performance of the labor market. The latest available data, relating to the first quarter of 2023, show a quarter-on-quarter GDP variation of 0.5%, with the foreign sector acting as a support. In year-on-year terms, GDP recorded an increase of 3.8%, with the good performance of exports, especially tourism services, and the contribution of the construction and services sectors, on the supply side, standing out.

 

The latest projections published by the Bank of Spain point to a GDP increase of 1.6% for 2023, while growth in 2024 is estimated at over 2%.

 

 

Recent evolution of Extremadura economy

 

According to the data of Extremadura Quarterly Accounts, published by Instituto de Estadística de Extremadura (IEEX), in the whole 2022, the Extremadura economy recorded a growth of 4.2%, 0.4 percentage points (p.p.) lower than that of 2021. The expansion of the activity stood on the services sector mainly, which posted a growth of 5.2%.

 

In the first quarter of 2023, the GDP of Extremadura grew by 0.4% quarter-on-quarter (0.5% in Spain), according to AIReF (Independent Authority for Tax Responsibility) estimates. In year-on-year terms, growth was 2.5% (3.8% in Spain).

 

With regard to the labor market, according to the information available, employment continued to grow. Contribution to the Social Security scheme registered a year-on-year growth of 1.3% in April.

 

 

Economic Outlook for Extremadura 2023 and 2024

 

The forecasts made by the research company of Grupo Unicaja Banco, indicate that for 2022 as a whole, the regional GDP could grow by 0.9% (1.4% in Spain). Likewise, the number of employed persons (according to figures from the Labor Force Survey) is expected to increase by 0.5% on average for the year, based mainly on the performance of the services sector. Unemployment is expected to fall by 1.4%, bringing the unemployment rate to 17.0% on average for the year.

 

With regard to 2024, the first estimates of Analistas Económicos de Andalucía place the growth rate of the economy of Extremadura at 1.7%, and at 1.4% for the number of employed persons, with an unemployment rate of 16.3% on average for the year.

 

However, these forecasts are subject to high uncertainty and sources of risk, which may push them downward in terms of economic activity and upward with respect to inflation. Among the main risks are geopolitical tensions from the war in Ukraine, tighter-than-expected financial conditions and persistent upward price dynamics.

 

Provincial analysis

 

In a detailed analysis by provinces, according to estimates of the Synthetic Indicator of Economic Activity of Analistas Económicos de Andalucía, in the fourth quarter of 2022, both Extremadura provinces would have recorded a year-on-year growth rate of over 2.0%.

 

In 2022 as a whole, growth would have reached 4.4% in the province of Caceres and 4.0% in Badajoz.

 

As for 2023, Analistas Económicos de Andalucía estimates growth rates of 1.2% for Caceres and 0.8% for Badajoz.

 

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